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3 Lessons I learned From Tumbling Out of a Plane

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3 Lessons I learned From Tumbling Out of a Plane

I literally woke up one morning and realized my time had come. Now was my time to go skydiving. Do not ask me what triggered this thought and how it came to mind. I have been scared of heights my entire life, so this was a very interesting thought. I let the thought of skydiving float in my mind for a day or two before making a decision.

Monday morning came around and I called Skydive & Beyond and booked my first skydive on Friday morning at 10am. I did not tell my family and friends I was doing it, I wanted to do this on my own. By not telling anyone it gave me the inner strength to go ahead with it. I did not want to talk about it, I wanted to take action and then share my exciting news. Given my fear of heights, I knew people would be very surprised.

It was a beautiful sunny day on Friday as I drove down to the south coast for my first skydive experience. I was both nervous and excited. I won’t lie, everything was going extremely well until we got off the bus at the airport. The nerves started to kick in whilst we were waiting to board the plane. I was my usual talkative self until we boarded the tiniest plane I had ever seen.

We all climbed onto the plane with a small silver ladder. A small white plane with no seats and a huge cushioned mattress covering the floor of the plane.  I went completely silent and during take off I held onto my instructor’s arm for dear life. Everyone in the plane was looking at me trying to get me to talk, smile and laugh as I quickly went from chatty with rosy cheeks to white as a ghost and no voice.

It did get worse before it got better, as we left the runway so did my last hope of not going ahead with the skydive. Although I was scared I knew there was no way out, I was doing this no matter what. I had made up my mind when I made the decision to book – no refund or cancellations. In the air we went, the plane moving slightly in the wind, still holding onto my instructor’s arm for dear life.

 

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I was absolutely terrified as I was able to clearly see how high we were now as there was a clear plastic roller door on the plane that we would tumble out.

Thankfully, my instructor and I were the third couple to leave the plane and before I knew it, my instructor and I were tumbling out into the sky at 200 kilometres an hour at 14,000 feet.

It was definitely worth it and the free fall did not feel like 200 kilometres an hour. It was simply breathtaking and exhilarating. We came to a sudden halt as the parachute emerged allowing us to take in the gorgeous scenery overlooking a mesmerizing south coast beach. The seven minutes felt like the longest time in the air even though my instructor was doing his best to distract me by talking most of the time.

It was certainly unlike anything I had ever experienced in my entire life feeling a mixture of emotions from adrenalin, fear, peace and beauty. Without a doubt it was one of the best days of my entire life.

Here are 3 lessons I want to share with you that tumbling out of a plane has taught me about life:

 

1. Live a little

I have been so career obsessed my entire life; I often forget to live a little. Over the years, I have given up a lot for my career from family time, relationships, socializing with friends, and traveling. This experience made me realize even more so that the present moment is all we have. Whilst my career is important to me, what is more important is enjoying the journey along the way, having fun, laughing more, overcoming fear and challenges, attempting different things and enjoying magical experiences like this.

For in life, it is who we become as a person and the experiences we create that enable us to live life fully and accelerate our learning and growth. When we live in the present instead of focusing on the past or the future, we discover who we truly are.

2. Leave fear behind

It is true what they say when you move through fear, you realize it is a big liar and that there is absolutely nothing to be scared of in life. Our mind often races overtime, catastrophizing and procrastinating. All the while we could be out there taking action, doing something constructive and meaningful with our lives and making the most out of the opportunities life presents us with.

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears” – Les Brown

3. Be courageous

I love that I was able to do something I never thought I would or could do. Overcoming my fear of heights has changed my view of the world and enabled me to consider all of the possibilities in life. To think about new experiences I can create for myself and others. I also came to the realization as to how much inner strength I possess. A strong mind and body enables you to overcome any challenge in life when you know you can become bigger than any problem you have to face in life.

“You can never have the ocean until you have the courage to lost sight of the shore” – Christopher Colombus

This is simply the beginning and my mind is now consumed with the many adventures I can experience in life. Saying ‘yes’ to life, the opportunities that present themselves along the way and taking time to fully live life in this very moment. There is magic to be found at the other end of our fears. Move through fear to discover the magic. I promise you this, your life will never be the same again.

Thank you for reading my article! What is something that you are scared of doing and when are you going to try it?

Angelina Zimmerman is a Head Coach & Trainer who specialises in mindset coaching and workshops to help people shift their mindset from a fixed to a growth mindset in order to promote exponential growth to achieve personal and professional goals.

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    Vince

    Nov 6, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Great post here! Skydiving is the ultimate form of acting from your gut. Logic has to take a backseat in order to make your first jump! As an experienced jumper, I can say it does get easier as time goes on and you make more jumps.

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    Lawrence Berry

    Oct 14, 2015 at 3:36 am

    Sometimes we all need that wake up call to remind us to live a little and maybe that’s is why you got the sudden urge to jump out of a plane although you were afraid of heights. We all ultimately want to face our fears and do things that scares us, and once we actually do those things, we feel liberated. Most people are just living life, but are not alive. I am glad that you were able to have this experience and share your story. It was very inspirational.

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    Ethan Bridges

    Oct 9, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Hi Angelina,

    Great, inspirational post!

    Congratulations on conquering your fear of heights! I have a bit of the fear itself. Realized it when I was doing wall climbing–I know, it was supposed to be low, and safe … I was surprised myself.

    Anyway, I wanna tumble out of a plane too! It felt like I was tumbling out with you here–you actually left me wanting to hear more about the 14,000-feet experience 🙂

    Great points, too. My favorite has got to be #1–Live a little. Very nice 🙂

    Thanks, Angelina!

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    Beat Schindler

    Oct 9, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Hi Angelina, I enjoyed reading your post – re-living my own tumbling out of a plane a couple of years ago. To do a thing that seemed impossible in the past is a wise annual to-do. In addition to learning the 3 things you mention, you get the bragging rights for having been bold – for having done it. Stays with you for life :-]

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