Today, I did. I jumped out of a perfectly good (well a little beaten up, but did the job) airplane at 12,000 feet. I`m afraid of heights. I have to admit, when my tandem jump instructor had me dangling out of the plane while he sat on the very edge of the jump door, my stomach was in knots. When we did two somersaults at 12,000 feet before stabilizing into what could best be described as a cruciform-banana, I was scared stiff and trembling, but I put on a smile and gave two enthusiastic thumbs up to the arial photographer I hired to jump alongside me. After a minute, the instructor deployed the chute and we flopped into a vertical orientation. He then unfastened some straps that were only needed for a horizontal freefall. They might have been useless straps, but they were secure, tight straps, and losing the perceived safety of those harness straps (everything suddenly felt looser and more relaxed) was unsettling and my hands instinctively clutched my shoulder straps incase I were to fall out of the harness (lol). What ended up happening instead was he handed me the controls and I was free to speed up, slow down, and spin us left and right. At first I was timid, but not for long, and we were whipping around in a tornado. I don`t have the words to describe it. The landing was like butter. I`m doing it again ASAP. If I can jump out of a plane when I`m afraid of heights, anyone can do anything. Heck, it`ll probably help you all get into that entrepreneurial risk taking frame of mind. Best time of my life ever. Second for second I`ve never been more excited and had more fun, and I`m still not down from that high.
MattTurpin8/4/2009 12:39 AM
Making limitless possibilities much more limited.