Skydiving is an activity on the bucket lists of many people. I was one of them, starting around the age of 16 the thought of jumping out of an airplane and free falling at intense speeds would get me excited. I knew there are a lot of people who can relate to that feeling, but I also knew that there are just as many who think it’s a foolish act or is not worth the risk. My parents were two of those people.
When I was 17, I first brought the idea of me skydiving to them but neither were willing to sign the form for me and since you had to be 18 years old to sign your own, I was forced to put my desire on hold. This only made me want to do it even more!
After waiting many months till my birthday, the moments finally came. I turned 18 years old and now no one could hold me back from skydiving, at least that’s what I thought. After all this time thinking only my parents were holding me back, it turns out when I could finally do it, I had no one to go with. Being in high school at the time, all my friends that I asked either said they don’t have the money to spend or they were to scared(reasonably so). So for months I searched for people to go but the result never changed, my dream adventure remained at a haul for months.
When summer came around I made one main goal for myself, that was to go skydiving by the end of it not matter what. So I continued on my journey to find a companion, urgently, I wanted to experience the thrill so badly. Weeks went by and the summer was nearing an end, it was looking like wouldn’t achieve my objective. That was until I asked myself, “why am I letting the choices of others be the result of my life?”
So I said “F**k it”, and immediately went onto the skydiving website, booked my ONE ticket for next day and didn’t tell a soul. I woke up early the next morning and drove 2 hours by myself to the jump zone. I signed the agreement papers with a proud smirk on my face, I was finally doing it.
As I entered the plane, it all became real. “I’m about to jump out of an airplane at 14,000 feet in the air, holy sh*t!” I thought. When we got to the right altitude and I stepped half way out of the plane, I was surprisingly in a calm state, maybe because it just felt so surreal. As we jumped and began to free fall incredible quick, it felt as if I were in a dream. It’s hard to explain the feeling, it was amazing.
What you should take away from this story is that if you have a desire or a dream in life, that it is yours and no one elses. Don’t let someone who doesn’t agree with or doesn’t see your vision like you do, hold you back. Why would you let another human decide what is right or wrong for you, you’re your own person and you pave your own path of success and lessons.
“You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.” – Christopher Gardner