Risk Falling (Out of a Plane)

 

I recently went skydiving in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Since then I’ve been asked by numerous people why I would take such a risk. “What’s the point?” they say. “Why would you risk so much for a quick adrenaline rush?”

Well you probably don’t know this about me, but I’m not exactly an adrenaline junky. I don’t get my kicks from roller coasters or bungee jumping or white water rafting or sky diving. I get all the thrills I need from everyday novelty, sex, learning and pursuing my passions.

I don’t go out of my way to put myself in harm’s way.

So why the whole skydiving thing?

Consider this: as soon as you say you won’t do something – absolutely not, no way no how – you’ve put a ceiling on your life.

No matter how far you go or how hard you strive, you’ll still have that limitation in place, taunting you with its shiny impermeability and brick-like dogmatism.

If I were to say “I will not go sky diving,” then if someone asks me to go bungie jumping with them, it’s easy for me to say no. “After all, I won’t go sky diving, so why would I go bungie jumping?”

At that point I have an excuse for anything that gives me a moment’s pause.

“Flying? Nah, too risky. They travel really high up, you know, and landing is no cake-walk.”

“Ugh, driving is really dangerous. Have you SEEN the traffic fatality statistic? No thank you.”

“Walking down the street is for the birds…who wants to chance getting hit over the head and robbed? I’ll just sit here quietly, good and safe.”

You get the point.

My solution is to leave myself open to anything, and if a new opportunity presents itself (and it’s not RIDICULOUSLY dangerous with no rewards – like, say, Russian Roulette) I’ll take it. With gusto.

After all, how can you expect to fly if you aren’t willing to risk falling?

33 comments

  1. Wonderful! So how did it go? Hope you didn’t throw up because I won’t clean such a thing.

    Jokes aside, I’m really glad to see you are open to these kind of experiences. It takes courage to get out of our comfort zone.

    I’m not sure I would try it, I don’t even know where I could go to try it. I do like rafting a lot, it’s fun and fast, and just a little bit dangerous.

  2. Wonderful! So how did it go? Hope you didn’t throw up because I won’t clean such a thing.

    Jokes aside, I’m really glad to see you are open to these kind of experiences. It takes courage to get out of our comfort zone.

    I’m not sure I would try it, I don’t even know where I could go to try it. I do like rafting a lot, it’s fun and fast, and just a little bit dangerous.

  3. I am not that type of risk taker, adventure seeker EITHER and yet I find myself wanting to jump out of a plane. It blows my mind. How much travel alone has already helped me grow and become.. I think it has something to do with wanting to overcome my fears. Once I put my mind unto something, I don’t back down. I’m stubborn and relentless that way.

    Actually, in researching, driving is more dangerous than skydiving because only 30 skydiving deaths happen in a year (US) while sooo much more fatal driving accidents happen in just one day.

  4. I am not that type of risk taker, adventure seeker EITHER and yet I find myself wanting to jump out of a plane. It blows my mind. How much travel alone has already helped me grow and become.. I think it has something to do with wanting to overcome my fears. Once I put my mind unto something, I don’t back down. I’m stubborn and relentless that way.

    Actually, in researching, driving is more dangerous than skydiving because only 30 skydiving deaths happen in a year (US) while sooo much more fatal driving accidents happen in just one day.

  5. That’s awesome. I’d like to skydive sometime.

    And it’s true, anything can happen at anytime… Like driving: Everyone is just a piece of meat, driving down the road at 65mph, surrounded by metal that has the potential to become a butcher’s knife in the wrong circumstances.

    But dammit, you gotta get to the grocery store to buy food so you can make the next meal to eat and survive somehow :)

  6. That’s awesome. I’d like to skydive sometime.

    And it’s true, anything can happen at anytime… Like driving: Everyone is just a piece of meat, driving down the road at 65mph, surrounded by metal that has the potential to become a butcher’s knife in the wrong circumstances.

    But dammit, you gotta get to the grocery store to buy food so you can make the next meal to eat and survive somehow :)

  7. Hi Colin,

    Well, how was it? Was it what you expected (more? less?) Would you do it again or have you got it out of your system?

    Skydiving is something that I’ve always wanted to do at least once in my life. Also, I’ve never had the opportunity to go bungee jumping, either. That’s great that you are taking advantages of the opportunities to do these things while you are young, in good health and are in the right locale.

    You make a great point about limiting your choices in life when you say that you will do this thing but not that thing. Try everything first, then make up your mind as to whether you want to do it again.

    Food for thought.

    Thanks,
    Karen

  8. Hi Colin,

    Well, how was it? Was it what you expected (more? less?) Would you do it again or have you got it out of your system?

    Skydiving is something that I’ve always wanted to do at least once in my life. Also, I’ve never had the opportunity to go bungee jumping, either. That’s great that you are taking advantages of the opportunities to do these things while you are young, in good health and are in the right locale.

    You make a great point about limiting your choices in life when you say that you will do this thing but not that thing. Try everything first, then make up your mind as to whether you want to do it again.

    Food for thought.

    Thanks,
    Karen

  9. Ah, I just went back 12 months in my life – lived abroad in Australia early last year and went skydiving in Byron Bay (which, by the way, if you haven’t gone to Australia yet you absolutely must). Would do it again a hundred times over. I hope you’ll rethink the whole “not an adrenaline junky” thing and go bungee jumping in Queenstown. I’d highly recommend the Nevis Bungee…unbelievable.

    So incredibly envious of your life right now and I think what you’re doing is hands-down one of the best things I’ve heard in a VERY long time. Continue to live it up and enjoy it for all it’s worth! Life’s too short not to. :)

  10. Ah, I just went back 12 months in my life – lived abroad in Australia early last year and went skydiving in Byron Bay (which, by the way, if you haven’t gone to Australia yet you absolutely must). Would do it again a hundred times over. I hope you’ll rethink the whole “not an adrenaline junky” thing and go bungee jumping in Queenstown. I’d highly recommend the Nevis Bungee…unbelievable.

    So incredibly envious of your life right now and I think what you’re doing is hands-down one of the best things I’ve heard in a VERY long time. Continue to live it up and enjoy it for all it’s worth! Life’s too short not to. :)

  11. I agree, better to live an unleashed life where you really try things new and take chances than ‘stay safe’ for 80 years until you die of boredom. Did you love skydiving (though i am too scared of heights to try!)

  12. I agree, better to live an unleashed life where you really try things new and take chances than ‘stay safe’ for 80 years until you die of boredom. Did you love skydiving (though i am too scared of heights to try!)

  13. Mate I am jealous. Simple as that.

    Keep up the awesome lifestyle mate, oh and read my new free ebook, “How Teux Keep Small Puppies Alive”

    I have unofficially now decided that you are my direct competition for awesome free ebooks.

  14. Mate I am jealous. Simple as that.

    Keep up the awesome lifestyle mate, oh and read my new free ebook, “How Teux Keep Small Puppies Alive”

    I have unofficially now decided that you are my direct competition for awesome free ebooks.

  15. Colin,

    I recently seen you on television talking about your blog. Congrats dude. Sky diving huh? So tell us, how was it? Make sure to write a detailed post of the experience all the way to the ground.

  16. Colin,

    I recently seen you on television talking about your blog. Congrats dude. Sky diving huh? So tell us, how was it? Make sure to write a detailed post of the experience all the way to the ground.

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  18. it is like doing something you never thought you would do taking risk is healthy, something i will be doing alot of in the future.

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  21. to sky dive or not to sky dive, that is the question. I’d like to know when you do the free fall for I don’t know how many seconds, do you get that same awful weird feeling in the stomach like you would when you’re riding the roller coaster? Because I am 110% terrify of that!!!! How would you describe the freefalling??

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