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Is skydiving scary? Are you kidding? As a matter of fact, if you aren’t scared jumping out of an airplane, you might want to seek some counseling! Skydiving is scary but that’s exactly why you are doing it!
Here is a sneak preview: As you are sitting next to the open door at 12,500 feet, your body is scared stiff and screaming at you “I can’t believe you are doing this S**T to me!” Your mind enters the loop of “What was I thinking? This was a terrible idea. It doesn’t make any sense!” You feel like your brain is in a blender…. then you exit the airplane and all of that stops. You enter this unbearable lightness of being, an unimaginable internal peace, the most intense sense of freedom you have ever known. You are free on every level of your existence.
Physically, for an entire minute, you are completely free of gravity, you are flying. Mentally, you are at peace, free of that persistent mind-noise, no thoughts, no past, no future, just pure presence…. Right here, right now!
What is always amazing to me, that as you are plummeting to the earth at 120mph, you are completely free of fear, perhaps, for the first and only time in your entire life. To me, that’s the most empowering aspect of skydiving; getting up close and personal with fear, and conquering it, once and for all!
I made my first skydive 40 years and 15,000 jumps ago. I still vividly remember every detail: the training, gear up, boarding the airplane, the climb to altitude…. the glossy eyes of my fellow first-timers as they stared at me. When the time came to actually jump, my knees were weak, my legs felt like rubber, getting to the door is a blur. I will remember and cherish for the rest of my life, my first exit from the airplane. I will never forget that instant transition from “senseless-scared-out-of-my-mind” into that alternate reality of a new lifetime. That step out of the airplane transcended me into a different future. My first skydive defined me.
Skydiving is not for everybody. If you are reading this, however, you have what it takes. If you feel the hunger for adventure, the need to step out of the box and out of your comfort zone, if you want to experience a different dimension of life, then skydiving is for you.
Is skydiving scary? Yes it is. But only until you get out of that airplane. Don’t let your fear stop you! Come join us today and experience total freedom.
Bo Babovic is the co-owner of Wisconsin Skydiving Center. He has been jumping for 40 years and has logged over 15,000 skydives. He is a commercial pilot, FAA Master Rigger, and has every Skydiving Instructional Rating that there is.