“Reality really hit hard me as my feet dangled outside the door of the Atlas Angel Kudu single engine plane, 3000 feet above ground. Clouds are normally above, but at that height they were way below me. The chilly breeze hit my face and I could smell the exhaust fumes from the planes’ engine.”
“At my instructors command, I leaped out into the air as hard as I could shouting ‘arch thousand, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, check,’ as I drop down. By the time I finished counting, I could feel the mighty force of the parachute pulling me to a stop.”
“I checked my canopy, my lines and toggled to fill the parachute with air. I did my 180’ right turn followed by a 180’ left turn. Everything was alright!”
“Out of the blue all the fear and tension in me disappeared, to be replaced by an overwhelming feeling of joy and excitement. Suddenly I felt safe, much safer than standing on the ground, because ‘I knew that I am on top of the world!’ From here, apart from enjoying the swift descend, I had to land this wing ….”
This is my skydiving story. I did my first sole Static Line skydive on Saturday 8 September 2012, after about six hours of theory and practical training. Here are the three life lessons I learned that day.
1) Keep Your Eyes On The Target.
During training my instructor emphasised that the parachute always go where ‘your eyes are facing!’ Therefore immediately after the free fall, identify your drop point and focus on it. He went on to give an example of a lady student who once came for training. As the lessons started she commented that she does not want to land on the barbed wire behind the buildings. Throughout the day she would mention again and again that she is ‘afraid of landing on the barbed wire behind the buildings.’ This went on and on the whole day. When she was dropped from the plane on her first dive she went straight and landed on the barbed wire.
What you focus and talk about is what happens. Do not talk about what you do NOT want, but talk about and focus on what you want. They call this the Law of Attraction. You get what you speak and what you meditate on!
2) What Is Scary Does Not Really Hurt!
The things you are most afraid of are not really the most deadly ones! There are many things that are not scary but kills. Actually a lot of fun and exciting things are actually dangerous.
My skydiving instructor has been skydiving for about 25 years and had done over 2400 jumps from the plane. He only had only one parachute malfunction and he had to use his reserved parachute. Hence has use his reserve chute only once in 2400 jumps! Although skydiving is scary, the percentage of skydivers who die or get hurt is much smaller than that of drivers on the road. Visit the How Stuff Works article on skydiving at http://www.howstuffworks.com/skydiving8.htm and the Discovery article called How Common Are Skydiving Accidents at http://news.discovery.com/adventure/extreme-sports/how-common-are-skydiving-accidents.htm
Last year whilst driving we got lost and ended up driving in the graveyards at night. As the car headlight flashed on the tompstones, the quartz on them reflected small flashes of lights. Suddenly as we drove we were surrounded by lots of small flashes. Everyone in the car was dead silent as we try to understand what was happening. As I broke the silence is said, ‘Actually this is the safest place in town because we are the only living ones. There is no one to hurt us.’
What scares you does not necessarily harm you. At times what really kills is the fear itself. We have lost many of our loved ones in the name of ‘happiness.’ Many have cause hurt to themselves and others through ‘pleasure.’ Hence deadly things can even make you happy!
3) Your Plan B Must Work Better That Plan A
In skydiving everyone carries two parachutes; the main parachute and the reserve. The reserve parachute is designed to work better that the main parachute! It takes 30min to pack the main parachute, but two hours to pack the reserve parachute. This is done with precision. Why, because the backup plan MUST work, no matter what!
So when you plan, your plan B or back up plan must work! Actually it must work better than plan A! This is the key to a foul proof plan.
Many people neglect plan B. When trouble strike and you ask them do you have plan B, they always say ‘yes.’ And if you look at the plan B you will see that it’s not even a plan at all. Make your backup plan must be the most reliable main plan!
I hope these lessons will make a difference in your life.
Enjoy the rest of the week!
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