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Do you Remember your First Jump?

My girlfriend's first skydive! AFF Category A at Skydive City in Zephyrhills, Florida — by Paul Meagher
My girlfriend's first skydive! AFF Category A at Skydive City in Zephyrhills, Florida — by Paul Meagher

“I Remember my first jump”

A catchy phrase used almost universally, yet when we use it in the skydiving world it creates a ride down memory lane.

Do you remember your first jump?

Whether the person has 50, 500 or over 5,000 jumps we can immediately go back to the first jump in our memory bank in a split second… We can remember the sound of the plane, wondering if it will actually make it to altitude – in some cases convincing ourselves we will be the one in a million story where something goes wrong. We can remember someone opening the door during flight, wind rushing in, seasoned skydivers taking brief naps and all you can think about is, 'how did I talk myself into doing this?!'

You discovered a new emotion of feeling truly limitless over your fears

You tell yourself as people jump out in front of you and the plane shakes a bit, that everything will be ok and then it's your turn. You associate yourself with the edge of the door, blue skies and lots of hard ground below you. You perform your 'hotel checkout' with the instructors on the right and left of you – everyone behind you on the load looks at you all with the same look knowing exactly how you feel at this very moment.

Out-In-Out-Arch…Your senses are on complete overload and it isn’t until you land your canopy that you really begin to process what you just felt but you know it was incredible.

AFF jump at sunset&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;by <a href='https://skydivemag.smallteaser.com/user/ewancowie' class='captionLink'>Ewan Cowie</a>
AFF jump at sunset — by Ewan Cowie

In Love

Yeah, the adrenaline pumping while taking the step out the door was enough to make your heart skip a beat but it was somewhere between the exit and the landing that you ultimately fell in love with it. You went completely against what common sense and probably your parents had told you for years and experienced something so powerful that it permanently rewired the way you think within a short 60 seconds. You discovered a new emotion of feeling truly limitless over your fears. Our minds tell most, if not all of us a few times a day that we can't do certain things; in work, in relationships, and in life. For most, that voice of fear limits and hinders their daily living. This sport has the capability of changing a person's life in a single minute.

If you aren't willing to die to live your dream, you don't deserve to live it" -Unknown

So, when you feel it's deserving, share your story with someone who needs to hear “I Remember My First Jump”.

by <a href='https://skydivemag.smallteaser.com/user/normankent' class='captionLink'>Norman Kent</a>
by Norman Kent

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