“WAIT, WHAT? YOU’RE A SKYDIVER!? DUDE–YOU’RE CRAZY.”
Yeah–we hear it a lot.
Y’know what? We can validate that. People always say “you’re crazy” when it comes to skydiving–but bear in mind, guys, crazy is a relative term. We’re not judging or wagging fingers, anyway. When you look at skydiving from down on the ground, it’s pretty easy to get the wrong idea. We’d like to posit the perspective that the kind of crazy that categorizes skydiving is the kind of crazy that not only isn’t bad, it’s totally necessary to express in a healthy, balanced life. Let’s set up the top skydiving-is-crazy exclamations and knock ‘em down, one by one.
“But insanity is always a bad thing!”
Try this on for size: A certain kind of insanity is not something to be avoided; it’s something to be embraced. We’re talking about the kind of insanity that’s expressed in doing something totally out of the ordinary, just because it feels good–or just because it feels right. Stepping off the path towards what you know is the right way forward probably looks insane to the people who are still marching along in lockstep in a straight line, no?
Think of it this way: The act of making a skydive and the act of telling someone how you really feel in order to deepen your relationship are actually pretty similar. Skydiving is a training ground for the kind of insanity that underlies a life well-lived.
“But you could die skydiving!”
Yep! There is risk. You can indeed die on a skydive. That, however, does NOT make skydiving crazy. Skydiving is actually much safer than commuting to and from your desk job.
And, when you start to think about it, our day-to-day actions are much surer to lead us to the grave: the dietary choices we make, smoking, the slow upcreep of excessive drinking, malignant stress. (As an aside: These kinds of habits tend to fall by the wayside when you take up a physical activity that you love: like, say, skydiving regularly.)
“But I’m not crazy like that!”
Let’s challenge that. Exactly what is crazy? Is it crazy to have the time of your life? Is it crazy to mindfully decide to take a calculated risk? Is it crazy to do an activity that makes you deliriously happy? Is it crazy to challenge yourself and push your comfort zone? If you’re not “crazy like that,” that makes us a little bit sad. We want that kinda crazy for you. This quote from Mark Twain says it best:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Skydiving doesn’t seem so crazy now, does it? I mean–sure, we’re nuts, but in a good way. Come to the Wisconsin Skydiving Center and try some crazy on for size. When you meet us, you’ll see!