What Skydiving Taught Me About Life

Skydiving was on my bucket list for such a long time. I had planned to tick it off last year, 2017, but then that didn’t go to plan.

So had thought about doing it a year later, 2018. That came true after opening a 21st birthday present.

Fast forward to 4th July and I was there waiting at North London Skydiving Centre ready to jump out of a plane.

Was I scared?

Hell no.

I was buzzing. Jumping out of a plane at 13,000 feet, free-falling at 125mph? That’s exciting!

Thrill-seeking activities are what I enjoy. I was so pumped.

After waiting several hours, my name was called.

It was time.

Time to get on the plane. It took a fair few minutes to get to the right height.

Then, the doors opened.

I was the first one up, legs hanging out of the plane and when I least expected it, I was falling through the sky.

It was an incredible experience.

Not only was it so much fun, but it had also taught me a few things about life, which brings me to writing this post.

What Skydiving Taught Me About Life

 Follow Your Vision

When I mentioned about skydiving to several people, there was a mix of responses.

A lot of people were very supportive and wanted me to go for it. Whereas some others were against the idea and asked why on earth I’d do something that could potentially injure me or worse – especially when I had holidays planned shortly after!

Well, this taught me that no matter what people say, you should follow your vision and go for it.

Even if others don’t support you or follow through with you, it’s something you’ll be able to look back on and be proud of what you achieved and the experiences you had.

Push Your Limits

Before 2017, there was no way I’d have thought I’d jump out of a plane.

I had discussed it a few times but never once took it seriously. I wasn’t keen on the height thing, jumping out and overthinking what could happen.

Well, from my experiences travelling and pushing my boundaries I’m no longer afraid of new experiences. I’ll always give most things a go, at least once.

If we don’t leave our comfort zones, we’ll be stuck in them and not experience the exciting things in life. After all, who wants to live a boring life? Don’t be afraid of trying new experiences, you’ll regret it in the future if you don’t.

Live In The Moment

I’m a big believer for living in the present.

As bad as it might sound, anything can happen in the next hour, the next day or week. It’s important to make the most out of life. Thinking about the future is great and I still do that, but we shouldn’t live life constantly worrying and thinking about what the future holds, we should live in the minute.

Live in the present, where life is happening.

Enjoy exciting experiences, make the most of everything, you never know if it’s going to happen again.

About the author

Gareth O’Sullivan is a 26-year-old adventurer who has visited over 30 countries. He is very passionate about travelling, hiking, kayaking and Calisthenics fitness. Keen to explore new places and experience different cultures, Gareth is constantly on the lookout for his next exciting adventure.

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