Blue Skies and Adrenaline Addiction

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 in Life, the Universe, and Everything | 0 comments

I don’t think it’s any secret that I’m an Adrenaline junkie – so I don’t think anyone would be surprised to learn that jumping out of planes would be my idea of a great time.

I did my first tandem (tied to an expert) skydive in 2006, and at the time I didn’t have a car so it didn’t even occur to me that I could learn to do this without a professional strapped to my back. But I did spend the past five years trying to convince all my friends to do it with me. It’s funny – people are totally on board until you actually try to make real plans. Then all of a sudden they’re busy, waiting to do it somewhere else or with someone else, or it’s suddenly too expensive.

I think they’re just chicken.

I mean really, who wouldn’t want to plummet towards the ground at 120 miles an hour? As far as I’m concerned, that sounds like the best idea ever.

Which is possibly why I did it again on Sunday – a friend of a friend skydives regularly and I had time to kill in California, so (just like the first time) I was ready to hop in a plane at the first suggestion. And we did! Twice! Both tandem for me, but he has a license and goes solo.

And this time, meeting people that do this as sport, it finally did occur to me that I could do this, too. And these are my kind of people – they’re crazy, but not stupid crazy. Skydivers are serious about safety, and the risks they take are calculated. You have to put money and time into the training, the gear, the licensing. But all for a sport that is a seriously rewarding rush. Long story short, I’m pretty sure I’ve found my sport.

I hear this happens to a lot of people who decide they want to do it – I can’t get it out of my brain. It’s winter in Pittsburgh, so I probably need to wait until April. Which I suppose is a good thing – gives me time to save some money.

Meanwhile my mother’s opposition to it is not that she is concerned I might kill myself (although I’m sure that thought is in her head), but that it’s a “terrible waste of money.” I think she’s wrong.

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