Are skydivers crazy?

Skydiving, Jump, Falling, Parachuting

Skydivers – Most people today say we are crazy. Some say we have a death wish. Psychologists say people with a tendency to take high risks are a necessary part of the continuation of our species.
We are people from all walks of life. Pupils, blue-collar workers, engineers, doctors, nurses, and you name it. What we have in common is an infinity for a high-risk sport, skydiving. Some also participate in different sports like scuba diving, kayaking, rock climbing, skiing. There is a feeling of camaraderie among us. A feeling that we understand a larger truth that is missed by most people.
Mentally it’s a remarkably refreshing break from”society”. Skydiving is a super stress reliever. When you are skydiving, you focus on that skydive and nothing else. This keeps away all the joys of life. No room for stray thoughts or worries .
And yes, the adrenaline is no doubt a part of it. Our human bodies are made to make adrenaline as a survival mechanism and it is being regarded more and more as a essential part of the human experience and overall health. Something any skydiver might have already told you a long time ago.
Stepping out the door of a flying plane has other benefits too. It makes you mentally tough. It takes a good deal of mind control to go against what you have been taught about danger since a child, get a hold of your ideas, and realize that yes, it’s okay to step out that door. You acquire an increased awareness of all that is about you. You build a confidence in yourself and a quick response as events occur around you. The feeling of accomplishment is incredible. Knowing you met with your anxiety, took control, and pushed yourself to take that step flows over into other parts of your life. I organized the outing. Later, in talking with one of the men in the group he said to me I know that whatever I face in life, I could remember that I went up in that plane and did a skydive. If I can summon the courage to do that, I could do anything. It was great.
Okay, so enough of this psychobabble mumbo jumbo. What is the sensation? When you step out the door of a flying airplane you’re in freefall before the parachute is deployed. Most skydives are finished from around 10,000 ft. to 14,000 ft. providing the skydiver anywhere from 30 seconds to 70 seconds of freefall time. Stick your arm out the window of a car doing 60 mph then imagine your whole body out there moving twice as fast – then you start to get a little of the notion of what skydiving feels like.
No one I’ve ever talked to has been able to put into words the feeling of skydiving. Even asking first time jumpers – is there any way to describe what you did – only elicits a wide-eyed, grinning, no way.
Freefall is such a stupendous sense of freedom. You are flying through the air, able to move your body in 3D. You can fly forward, back-up, move sideways, speed up how fast you are falling and slow down how quickly you are falling. Yes, you’re continually falling. But during that time you’re flying your body. You can do flips and twists. You can stand on your toes or stand on your mind. There are absolutely no limitations as to which direction you can move your body.
And let there be no doubt – there isn’t a plane around that can give you the exact same view. What an amazing sight to view 360 degrees around you – the sky, the horizon, the incredible beauty of the world, right there for you to see with no obstructions. To feel you are a part of that sky.
The parachute flies like a glider; responding to the pilot’s input and clipping you through the sky. It can be flown slowly and easily or fast and wild. But in any event, with correct pilot input, it might bring you safely and softly to landing on the earth. Who will ever know the beauty, the freedom, the rush but somebody that has been there? Truly, the sky is our playground.

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