Finally! On my 3rd attempt, I managed to have a bit of luck with the weather and throw myself out of a plane curtesy of GoSkydive.
It really is an experience that everyone should try. Yes, it comes with a bit of a price tag, 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 Salisbury, the idea of doing it again was much worse than jumping out of a plane.
How Does It Feel?
To put it simply, it feels like nothing else I’ve ever done. Free-falling in a sea of white cloud, almost like the world has disappeared and it’s just me, this single moment of weightlessness and peaceful serenity is stunning. There really is nothing quite like a skydive. Maybe it’s the buildup of dread and anticipation. Feelings that quickly transforms into exhilaration and literal, and metaphorical, breathlessness. But you just won’t find this experience anywhere else. Can you do an indoor one? Sure. Will it be the same? No chance.
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.
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 they’re 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. 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 this, just do it. Yes you might be scared, yes you might feel sick to your stomach, but when you fall from that plane all of it will be gone. And this is about more than just a skydive.
Relating This 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 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.
My point being, is 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.
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!