Skydiving was something that always came to mind when thinking about my bucket list. But it’s now been crossed off. Today, I managed to have a bit of luck with the weather and jump out of a plane for a skydive curtesy of GoSkydive. And it was all in aid of charity!
The Skydiving Experience
Skydiving really is an experience that everyone should try. Yes, skydiving does have a bit of a cost – I believe I paid somewhere around the £250 mark – and the money-to-time ratio isn’t exactly the best. But that moment where you break through the clouds, seemingly floating, with all the world (or the south of England) before you is breath-taking. You may be scared, anxious or totally bricking it, but once you leave that plane it will all be forgotten. I’ll admit, I wasn’t actually too nervous this time. I’m not trying to sound tough, but as this was the third time I’d driven down to the GoSkydive centre, the idea of doing it again was worse than the actual skydive.
What Does a Skydive Feel Like?
To put it simply, it feels like nothing else you will ever do. Jumping out of a plane and free-falling is an utterly bizarre experience. I was floating in a sea of white cloud, almost like the world had disappeared and it was just me, this single moment of weightlessness and peaceful serenity. There really is nothing quite like skydiving. Maybe it’s the buildup of dread and anticipation that heighten the experience. Feelings that quickly transforms into exhilaration and breathlessness the moment you leave the plane. But you just can’t find this experience anywhere else. Can you do an indoor skydive? Sure. Will it be the same? No chance. Not that I’ve done one.
But it’s amazing how quickly things change. One minute I’m absorbed in a once in a life time moment, thirty minutes later I’m in Asda buying an egg and cress sandwich. My point being, everything changes. The great moments pass, and you’re quickly back to reality. Luckily, the same goes for the bad moments too.
Doing a Charity Skydive with GoSkydive
GoSkydive themselves were awesome. Like I said at the top, this was my third attempt. Of course it was frustrating having to rearrange it, especially as I live in South Wales and GoSkydive are in Salisbury. But they did the best that they could, and made it all incredibly easy.
When I was there on my second visit, I actually got kitted up, did the training and then it got called off. Luckily, as I had already done the training, when I arrived the third time I virtually went straight up. And within almost no time at all I was doing my skydive. It was actually much better that way. I didn’t even get chance to get nervous about it. But don’t expect it to go like that. You will likely be around for a good few hours, even more so during busy periods, and it may still get called off.
Look, if you’re thinking about doing a skydive, just do it. Yes you might be scared, you might feel sick to your stomach, but when you’re finally jumping out of a plane you’ll forget all about it.
Relating a Skydive to Real Life
One night during the week, for whatever reason, I got in a bit of a slump mentally. Instead of being engaged in the bath time routine with my daughter I just wanted the next day to start. Instead of coming down stairs after my wife had Isabelle dressed for the night, I simply stayed upstairs alone playing guitar with no desire to move. I was done. But that moment, just like the one where I flew through the air from a plane, didn’t last. The very next night I decided to try to scare Isabelle with a little bit of peekaboo. Instead of crying, she laughed. Then she laughed again. Before long she was belly laughing like we’ve never seen before. It was amazing. And a totally different night to the one before.
I do have a point here, and it’s that nothing is constant. Good moments come and go just like the bad ones. All I do now is give in to whatever comes. If it’s a bad day, I know it won’t last, and if it’s a good day, I go with it and enjoy it, trying to get as much out of it as I can knowing that at any time it can disappear. That’s how I try to see my time with Isabelle, and to be honest, my life in general. One day at a time, and however I find myself, that’s how I go. I’ll admit, I do try to cultivate those good feelings with my arsenal of coping mechanisms, but I ultimately know that I’m not in charge, something else much bigger than me is, and I’m just here to surrender to it.
Doing a Skydive Yourself
If a skydive is something you feel like doing, then head over to GoSkydive and book it! Just do it and worry about the rest later.
I also did this skydive for charity for the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital. The Justgiving page has now closed, but I am looking for my next challenge for charity. So keep an eye out. I’ll be doing something else pretty soon!