Fear is Temporary, Regret lasts Forever

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to skydive. It was one of the first items added to my bucket list when I finally sat down to create a bucket list. When I discussed the idea with my close friends and family they all thought I was crazy. “Why would you jump out of a perfectly good airplane?” they would reply.

Skydive Kauai plane

I found the title of this blog post as a quote online and it resonates with me. Why do I do some of the crazy things I do? Maybe it’s to push the limits, to see how far out of my comfort zone I’m willing to go. Maybe it’s to get all of this dangerous-adrenaline driven-crazy-fun out of my system before I have to settle down and have a family. Maybe it’s my underlying fear of knowing I’m not going to live forever and that I won’t have enough time to complete everything that I want to do in life. Maybe it’s a simple answer: I’m just a bit of a daredevil. Regardless of why, I want to be able to look back on life and have no regrets.

While in Kauai my husband and I safely completed our first skydive! We booked our tandem jump with Skydive Kauai. Tandem, meaning you are hooked to the instructor (aka: the person who knows what they are doing up there)!

The words to describe my first jump are: Exhilarating. Exciting. Nerve Wracking. Breathtaking. Dangerous. Fear-Inducing. Overwhelming. Thrilling. Spine-Tingling. Fun. Magnificent. Awesome!

It was all that, and more. Honestly, it was Indescribable.

The moment that the airplane door opened and I stepped out onto the tiny metal platform is a moment that is hard to describe, and a moment that I will never forget. It was fear mixed with extreme excitement. I’ve never been afraid of heights but from my vantage point it sure looked like a loooooong way down. Before I knew it my tandem instructor and I were hurtling towards the ground 10,000 feet below.

The best way to describe those first few seconds was: sensory overload.

The 30 second free fall to 5,000 feet goes by so fast. Too fast. I thought that during the free fall I would be nervous about the parachute not opening–yet, the thought never crossed my mind. I thought that it would be hard to breathe with the wind in my face–yet it wasn’t. It was quiet, except for the rush of the wind as we fell towards the ground, and my excited “woohoooo’s” a few times during my jump.

Skydive Kauai

The experience was such a rush. The moment that my feet hit the ground I wanted to head right back towards the plane to do it all over again. If you have never skydived, I encourage you to do so. You will never regret it.

Beautiful Kauai coastline

Beautiful Kauai coastline

Fear is Temporary, Regret lasts Forever

16 Comments

  1. January 28, 2013 / 7:54 PM

    And having a blast. Looks like you thoroughly enjoyed that

    • January 29, 2013 / 9:01 AM

      I absolutely did! I can’t wait to do it again 🙂 It was so much fun.

  2. January 28, 2013 / 8:02 PM

    Isn’t it the best!!!! I loved skydiving! I can’t imagine doing it in such an awesome location, I just went in Long Island haha.

    • January 29, 2013 / 9:03 AM

      I bet skydiving over Long Island would be awesome as well!!! It was such a rush, I can’t wait to go again. I know you’ve been wanting to go to Hawaii, you need to do this while you are there! 🙂 I want to skydive when we go to Norway, but prices are outrageous. 🙁

  3. January 28, 2013 / 8:51 PM

    Wow.. Crazy girl you are…… but good for you…crazy is good!

    • January 29, 2013 / 9:07 AM

      Crazy is fun! 🙂 As long as it’s not the pscho/mentally unstable/should be institutionalized crazy… lol. It was a blast. It was definitely an experience to remember, and the adrenaline rush was incredible.

  4. January 29, 2013 / 11:32 AM

    No way do I want to do this, but I love when others fulfill a goal. Rock on!!!!!

    • January 29, 2013 / 8:57 PM

      Thank you, Elle sees! 🙂 I appreciate you stopping by.

  5. August 3, 2015 / 1:55 AM

    Love it! That’s how I felt after bungee jumping for the first time. Terrified to begin with but the moment it was done, I couldn’t get to do it again. Adrenaline junkie for sure! Nice blog.

    • August 3, 2015 / 11:25 AM

      Thank you!!
      I always love meeting fellow adrenaline junkies! 🙂 I haven’t been bungee jumping but I’ve always wanted to go. Where did you jump at?

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