Reservations have been made for months; however, I haven’t allowed myself to contemplate the reality of what I am signed up to do. Nonetheless, time doesn’t stop, and before I know it, the countdown has begun. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…one more day until I go skydiving. Starring me in the face, I must face reality. Tomorrow, I will be jumping out of a perfectly good plane because months ago I thought it sounded like a great idea. Though daunting, the thought of it actually made me leap for joy, for I was about to try something new. Driving to the airport the unexpected happened. My heart started beating faster, and I could feel a tightness in my chest. No, I wasn’t having a heart attack; it was my body telling my brain that I was indeed nervous about skydiving. Of course, my brain responded with, “This is going to be so awesome!”
Falling at 120 mph with wind hurling past my ears, I scream with joy and wonder why I had been nervous. The sensation you experience during freefall can’t be simulated anywhere else. Being a speck in the sky unseen by the naked eye until your parachute is deployed is a one of a kind experience. That day not only did I try skydiving for the first time, but I pushed myself just past my comfort zone causing me to grow as an individual. I encourage you to seek out an activity that will push you just past your comfort zone and cause you to grow as well.