You bet your ass I jumped!! :-P

Yep! I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and YEP! I loved it and I will do it again! It’s been a long time since I did it the last time, but it is one of those events in one’s life that marks time. It has been 27 years since the last time I went skydiving. My daughter was only 2 at the time and my hubby thought I would do it once and have it out of my system. Nope… I did it 3 times and would have kept doing it but he said he did not want to be the single dad of a toddler and asked me not to jump again, so I didn’t. 🙂

Kim and Marcus 5

I have always talked about it though and recommended it to a lot of people. When I turned 50, I started talking about going again and this time I had full support from hubby! Then a friend sent me a text last week and said she wanted to go! So naturally I made plans and we went!! What a wonderful experience! Better than any ride at Six Flags, Disney World or Universal!

The most common excuse I have heard is “I’m afraid of heights!” Ok, I get that. I’m not, but strange as it may sound, you never feel like you are falling.

Kim and Marcus 6

The hardest part is opening the door and jumping out without passing out. However, if you are strapped to a tandem pilot, you kind of have no choice. But once you are out, the feeling is incredible. Even with the ground 10,000 feet below, you never feel like you are falling. The wind is in your face at about 120 MPH which is the same sensation as being on the back of a motorcycle going 120 MPH until the shute opens.

Kim and Marcus 12

Even then, there is peacefulness as you are coming down. You are floating to the ground and then you just stand up. It really IS that simple!!!

I had no fear! I trusted my pilot and had complete confidence in his ability. My guy.. Marcus has about 7000 jumps under his belt and jumps on average 10 times a day. It is a wonderful feeling and I can’t wait to do it again!

Kim and Marcus 20

I KNOW!! I’m crazy!! But you know what???? This is what I will say at the end of my life!
“I, I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
With every broken bone, I swear I lived!”

 

27 thoughts on “You bet your ass I jumped!! :-P

    • HA HA HA! Thanks Christy… funny thing that! You couldn’t pay me enough money to bungee jump off of ANYTHING! There are a lot of reasons, but the biggest one is bungee jumping is not regulated very well and it is totally different than jumping out of a plane.More people are injured or die as a result of bungee jumping. :-/ With skydiving you never feel like you are falling. And there is a lot less stress on your body. I would totally own my own parachute and do it every weekend if I lived close enough to a club! 😀

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  1. I did a tandem skydive in my late 20s, and didn’t love it! I found it utterly terrifying. I guess it didn’t help that our parachute didn’t open properly at first, the cords were all tangled, so it wouldn’t fully open. There’s a photo of that here – https://vanessachapman.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/parachute1.jpg . But even without that I think I’m pretty sure I still wouldn’t have loved it. I really wanted to love it.

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    • OMG! I don’t think I would have loved that either! That would have been very scary! I was really blessed when I did it the first 3 times in my 20s. The tandem pilot had about 10,000 jumps under his belt by then and made it an incredible experience. We took our time coming down and it was so peaceful… I fell in love with it back then. I jumped with 2 other guys and we did a formation and freefall. Someone else video taped it for me. He had a camera mounted on his helmet. It made for much better views. Admittedly, this tandem was not as much fun. I still like it well enough to do it again but it was not the same as my first experience. Had this been my FIRST tandem I don’t know if I would have felt the same. But this one was not about me… it was for my friend and she really wanted to go. She and her hubby had a great time and that was more important than how I felt… 🙂

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      • Yes, I had a video done of my one too. The guy who jumped with us took the video and the photos. Even though I didn’t really enjoy it, I’m still glad I did it because I’d wanted to for a long time, so it was good to cross it off the list!

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  2. WOW!! You are so brave, Courtney. You have my full admiration. I wanted to do this once, but got sidetracked and now I think I’m too afraid. But the way you describe it, it sounds like a dream. I can’t believe your guy Marcus jumps 10x a day with more than 7,000 jumps! That is reassuring. Wow. Bravo!! Congrats on your successful jump.

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    • Thanks… I had done it before when my daughter was little. That was 27 years ago. THAT guy had like 10,000 jumps. He made it more enjoyable. It took longer for us to get to the ground and we were in free fall longer. I was really expecting that again and I was a little disappointed but tried not to make a big deal of that the other day. My girlfriend and her hubby had a great time and that was more important than anything else! 😀

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      • That’s interesting how every jump must be different. I just kind of thought they would be all the same, but of course they’re not! I guess you’ll just have to do it again. 🙂

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  3. OH EM GEE! I didn’t know that my friend was such a daredevil!!
    You are awesome! I love all of the pictures, but that second to last photo of you is beautiful.

    You never felt like you were falling? That’s crazy! I can honestly say that I will NEVER do what you just did. I don’t know why…I just can’t! But reading your story, it almost made me consider it for a minute..almost 🙂

    You rock!

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    • LOL! Yeah… that’s me, I’m crazy! Or so everyone keeps telling me. I was driving back from appt in Dallas and I get a text.. “I want to go skydiving this weekend!” I was like.. “OK! I will make the plans!” And we did! She knew I had been before so when she decided to go, she knew who to call! It is very difficult to describe, but NO, you never feel like you are falling. YOU just feel the wind in your face like riding a motorcycle. Even when you get close to the ground, you are floating… and then you just stand up! I was a little wobbly from the adrenaline, but yeah… it’s way cool! My tandem pilot put me at complete ease and I had no fear! But it isn’t for everyone! Do you know the song at the end of the post?? That’s me!!! 100% 😀

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  4. Whooooooooooooo Hoo!!! Good for you. Me? No, I get my jollies from, um, walking? Meditating? But I’ve heard many others like you say how great an experience it is to skydive. Love the photos of you!!

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  5. You are brave… my husband so wants me to do it. But I really pee my pants only thinking about it… Just before we had our first date (actually the morning before our first kiss) he had his first jump and I still remember his face and how “high” he was from this experience. He loved it.

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    • It is an incredible experience. The adrenaline rush takes a while to get out of your system. I was a tad wobbly after we touched down but I am excited about going again. I think I will try to lose some weight before the next time though. I did it the first 3 times about 27 years ago, but I have talked about going again ever since and recommended it to many people! 🙂

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