With spring in full force, it is time to begin enjoying new and exciting recreational activities or at the very least begin to experience the ones that we have grown to enjoy.
I won’t be at the disadvantage of finding a new summer routine to jump start an otherwise uneventful spring season. To be able to skydive again will certainly kick start my season in the right direction. For me, skydiving is a release of the winter tensions and the stuck in the house rut that we all find ourselves in from time to time.
Anyone looking to begin skydiving will need to go tandem the first few times. You really need to get a feel for the atmosphere and the timing of several key components in descending. However, once you have that down pat, there is nothing more beautiful than seeing the world from above. Everything is floating away. The distance is gone within moments as is the fear but the feelings last a lifetime.
The fear or anxiety will kick in the moment you step on the plane; there is no way of preventing this especially as a first timer. Go with the flow, it’s all natural. Chat with others on the ground who have jumped before. There will be little time for chatting later. Most places offer you a video of your jump. It is really up to you whether you want to spend the extra money; I found that you just look like a dot in the sky until you are within eyesight of the people on the ground. Have a friend use their camera to video it for you, it may come out better.
The first rush of adrenaline comes as you are about to jump, you are up high nearly hanging out of the airplane and thinking about the jump. At about twelve to thirteen thousand feet, you feel the power of adrenaline pumping race through your body. If you were not first to jump, you see the others in the sky below. Before you know it, you are out the door and descending. The jump is complete faster than a cup of coffee but feels as long as a visit to grandmas.
I cannot foresee a season where I do not jump at least once. You look forward to the release after a cooped up winter. It is definitely hard to explain the length and depth of the feeling. So out of control yet so defined and skilled in all the eye can see. Within our souls, there is a spirit that flies so freely, in skydiving that spirit is released.