It’s not nearly as scary as you think it should be.
For years, I have wanted to go skydiving. And for years, I have imagined just how terrifying it would be. When it came down to it, however, the reality did not match my expectation. Why not? Because it’s human nature to dwell on our fears and let them grow into big, scary, intimidating monsters that hold us back from our dreams. But like the big, scary, intimidating monsters living under our beds, these fears are exaggerated and unnecessary. Whether it’s skydiving or some other dream, don’t let your fears multiply. And if they do, consciously remind yourself that they are figments of your imagination that will only go away when you push past them.
Listen to the experts.
Truth be told, jumping out of airplanes at 13,500 feet is not natural. But thanks to years and years of research and scientific discovery, we can safely experience incredible phenomenons like flying in airplanes, riding in hot air balloons, breathing underwater, and even skydiving. However, we can’t just hop into planes and start flying them. Nor can we just jump right out of them. To succeed (a.k.a. survive), we must enlist the help of experts who are trained and experienced. Whether skydiving or learning a new skill, connect with the experts and heed their advice.
The hardest part is taking the leap.
Somewhere between setting out in pursuit of a dream or goal and actually achieving it, you hit a wall. This wall is the primitive part of your brain’s final attempt to keep you from taking risks. It’s the voice in your head questioning everything right before you hit “submit” on the application for your dream job or considering all the possibilities when you’re stuck trying to make a decision.
And it’s the voice in your head screaming, “Holy %$!#! — What am I doing?! What am I doing?!” From the moment the plane’s wheels have left the ground to the second you’re standing in the door of the plane with the wind in your face praying, “Oh. God, I know I have no right to ask, but I sure am sorry for being an idiot, and please, if you don’t mind, could you keep me safe?”
But then in an instant of bravery (mixed with complete stupidity), you find the courage to take the leap and knock down the wall. …Or, in my case, you rely on the courage of the stranger you’re strapped to.
And in that instant, amidst all of the chaos, there’s peace. You forget to be afraid, and you’re filled with adrenaline, pride and the strange knowledge that nothing will ever be the same.
If you don’t take the time to enjoy it, you’ll miss it!
If you haven’t heard, I completed my 52 in 52 Weeks Bucket List Challenge. You can check it all out here.