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Skydiving

 

None of us remember the feeling of being thrown in the air by our fathers or uncles as our mothers screamed profanity at them from the background, but if watching it happen to your own sibling or cousins is anything to go by it felt pretty damn good. It’s like being plunged into the air only for gravity to pull you back so you can splatter your innards on the floor and turn into a human pancake but then somebody catches you and you’re innards remain inside and you realise that feels pretty good to have your guts intact. There’s obviously a distinct thrill to it. Lord knows how humans survived long enough to evolve considering our penchant for near death experiences.

 

Aerial view

 

However, no one is large enough or gets paid enough to throw a full grown human in the air and then catch them too. The throw wouldn’t even be high enough to induce fear and subsequent relief. And that’s where skydiving comes in.

 

skydiving switzerland

 

Skydiving is an extreme sport, and like any extreme sport the biggest risk is death, followed by broken bones or an indecent exposure of internal organs lying splattered against the ground. But those measly warning bells are a part of adult life. What isn’t a part of adult life is the incredible feeling something like skydiving can provide. Unless doing taxes gets you going. Experienced skydivers will tell you that unless you have a fear of flying or acrophobia skydiving is not actually that scary. Especially if you’re diving tandem, meaning as a beginner you’ll pay a person who is far more experienced and attractive than you to stay attached to your back as they throw you out of the plain and make sure you don’t die. It’s a noble profession, depending on which in-law you ask.

 

skydiving tandem

 

Thing is, skydiving is a lot less like the drop you feel on a roller coaster and more like actually flying. In fact, even the adrenalin of jumping out of a flying vehicle thousands of miles above safety of the ground is short lived. The initial jump when you expose you squishy body to winds and gravity are a shock, with the air against you it can feel suffocating and you most likely scream with it to make it worst but never has there been a more apt moment for screaming your lungs out. But when you reach terminal velocity, fancy talk for constant speed, you don’t feel like you’re falling at all. For a long time the ground seems still and you’re in the open air and its mind boggling. It’s as if you’ve never even seen the world before.

 

skydiving beach

 

And then you or more likely your tandem partner pulls the parachute open and you just kind of hang in the air, chilling and enjoying the view as you cruise down to a land and try standing on your baby gazelle like legs and realise that there are few things in life comparable to sailing in the air heading face first for the ground.

 

skydiving sunset


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