May 26, 2018
Okay folks, It happened. I jumped out of a plane!! It’s one those things I have always wanted to do but didn’t really think I’d get a chance to do–well maybe, but not in the Swiss Alps! When I landed safely on the ground with the help of my trusty guide and our fully functioning parachute, my first thought was: “I need to call my mom so she knows I’m alive!” (I did so, and she was very pleased to hear the good news). But honestly, once I got into the plane with five other CR10 adrenaline junkies and we took off, my initial anxiety turned into vivid excitement. I was SO READY to free fall through clouds and see the beautiful mountain range all around and underneath me. I’ve always been a sucker for blue skies, puffy clouds, and mountains, so this was quite the dream come true. And let me tell you, the actual experience exceeded my hopes and dreams.
I tried to explain to my mom what skydiving felt like, and I couldn’t quite form coherent sentences. This is about what my end of the phone conversation probably sounded like: “Oh my GOODNESS!! Okay, so I was in the plane, and then we just… WHOOSH. Gone. I was literally just falling through the sky. SO COOL. It felt like–I don’t know–wind. Yeah! Lots and lots of wind. And, um…. just falling, you know?” I think you get the gist. I was stoked about this crazy new adventure. I still can’t quite explain it. Skydiving is definitely something you have to experience to truly understand.
I think that’s a lot of what life is. You have to just say “heck YES” and go DO things!! I’ve learned it can be terrifying, confusing, uncomfortable, and messy; but “yes” living, in my opinion, is the most rewarding kind of living. It brings the most unexpected friendships and newfound passions. I believe living a “yes” could include spending time getting to know a new friend, trying odd foods, taking a journey throughout Europe, jumping out of the sky, and so much more. I’m still discovering what it means to live a YES life. I know it doesn’t mean throwing all caution out the window, but it does mean tearing down walls of fear that hold me back from giving myself fully to the moment. I’m hoping I leave CR with a greater sense of adventure and more courage to take risks, knowing full well I may fail. I hope I am able to identify fear for what it is and recognize that I was created for joy, relationships, and adventure! And so were you!
Let’s start saying “yes” more.