Try something new & scary

Sheila Starr / May 21

Let me just start by telling you that I hate things that spin me around. I feel sick and its not a feeling I enjoy. My tummy jumps when I go over a speed bump, so the idea of skydiving was not an appelaing one. I have never liked fairground rides or roundabouts, it just unsettles me and my body gets all out of sorts.

However, sometimes you have to try things and I do like trying new things. One year, when we were on holiday in Scotland we booked ourselves on a gliding session. I had this wonderful vision of gliding on the wind, seeing the world from high up above, with no engines it would be so peaceful. All of that is true, it was calm and glorious up in the clouds. I had a go at actually flying the glider which was awesome and an experience I will always remember. But, when you are in a place with no engine, the way it keeps its height, is by catching the breeze and spiralling upwards in it. Yep, spiralling! Round and round. I have to admit, I did have a little sick in my mouth. I am obviously not alone, as there were sick bags in the pocket next to me.

I don’t regret it one bit, and I would do it again. However when my friends were booking the Indoor Skydive, I did hesitate before I accpted, and then thought “go girl, you have to try it”. We got all togged up in flight suits and watched the group before us in the big air tube get swirled around by the fake wind, faces distorted with the force of it. Then it was my turn, what fun it was. A man was in there helping me float on air, and then the finale was a spin up high, fast and exhilarating. For about one minute I felt a mix of feelings from what an exciting feeling, to stop it now. It led me to want to do the real things, so I booked a Tandem Skydive, and I went along on my own, the plance went up to 10,000 feet and then we jumped out.

There was ten seconds of rush, pure adrenaline when we fell headlong towards the earth, and then a jolt when the parachute opened. After that it was just peaceful, it was silent, and the view was magnificent. My tummy didnt like the movement but it was absolutely worth it, coasting down and then hitting the ground, another new experience in the bag.

I have plenty of other stories of doing new things, some I have loved, some I have hated, but the point is, you dont know until you try them.



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