High Five for Me

3 Oct

I saw on an old high-school classmate’s Facebook page recently that he had gone skydiving.

Initially, I was psyched for him, but then I actually watched the video he had posted. I have to admit, it kind of freaked me out. Even virtually, the sight of someone falling through the sky at a speed of nearly 120 miles per hour was scary.

Which makes today all the more special for me.

Five years ago this morning, I went and jumped out of a plane with nothing on my back but a parachute (alright fine, there was a professional on my back and he was wearing the parachute).

Why did I do it?

Because I had recently turned 30 and I wanted to do something crazy.

At the time, my life was pretty static, and I needed a bit of a jump-start. So, I made the decision and just committed to doing it.

In the weeks leading up to October 3, I never allowed myself to be scared. In fact, as the day drew closer, I only grew more excited and yet more calm.

And then I did it, and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done.

Will I do it again?

When I landed, all I wanted to do was get back in the plane and do it again.

And I think the fact that now, five years later, I’m perfectly happy staying on the ground doesn’t really change the sense of accomplishment I still feel.

I mean, really.

Who’da thunk it that a wimpy guy like me would have taken himself up 10,000 feet in the air and basically bellyflopped out of a plane — with another person strapped to his back. And I even lived to tell the tale.

Imagine that.

So today, I wish myself a very happy five-year anniversary. Go me.

One Response to “High Five for Me”


  1. Do It Again? | Martin's Musings - October 3, 2015

    […] On the fifth anniversary this past October, I actually said I was happy with both feet on the ground. […]

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