5 Centimeters Per Second post about my fascination with the sky, well this was my shot at seeing it all up close and very high indeed.
Cannot believe I raised a whopping £1,080 on Justgiving.com, thank you to all those real special people who contributed to a dear cause of mine!
Oh Yeah! remember how I mentioned back on the post about Preparing For The Skydive about wanting to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? Well, I actually did! I forgot to add this to the post and only remembered today (24th Sept) that I actually got nominated twice for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and did it... twice on August 26th. Watch here as I contribute and suffer at the hands of my sister. And I donated £10 twice! :)
Everyone had a briefing at 10.15am by Clem (my instructor for the day) who explained everything perfectly, clearly and with great humour that made us all feel more relaxed. I understood and followed his instructions and watched the video on screen carefully as he explained the simple instructions for the skydive. He even had a couple jokes at the end to share with us all as we all took turns signing the paperwork afterwards.
Destiny called me at 1.25pm to gear up and prepare after I'd been waiting roughly 2 hours there in the warm sun and bloody strong chilly wind outside with Mum, Dad and all the other people anxiously waiting for their turn too.
I got into my sky blue suit and found out that Clem was my instructor, what a relief. I also met Lee, my camera man, great guy who had like 3 cameras on one massive camera (a GOPRO, Video Recorder all sitting on one of those huge cameras that camera men use when filming live ya know). After following his instructions everyone was prepared and everyone had photos taken with their parents, we all got in the shuttle bus that would take us halfway to the other side of the field where the plane was waiting to take us up.
I screamed WOOO and YEAH at the top of my lungs as Clem instructed as it's very good to shout and breathe when falling as some people hold their breath which causes a bad start. Lee was right by me and after looking at a lot of the pictures, I wasn't looking up enough when seeing him ha ha but I still have several good shots of my face and my graceful display when falling.
After the sudden 30 seconds-ish rush during the free-fall, the first parachute was pulled and Me and Clem were left sailing down gently. I then allowed myself to hold my nose and blow hard so that I wasn't suffering ear pressure anymore. Clem then let me take control of the reins and let me steer us around a little. I actually did pretty okay but one spin got a little too much and I think I overdid it a little as the adrenaline rush and spin almost made me throw up a little (ugh), still there were no problems/ issues with the controls and safety. I was tempted to say before the jump out the plane for fun "Wait! I changed my miiiiind!
Within a few mins, we were heading in for the landing position which is to lift your legs up straight with toes facing to the sky because landing while trying to run is far more dangerous and irresponsible as you can trip and break your ankle. With a gentle bump, Clem and I landed back down safely. I was completely overwhelmed by everything and was so proud of myself for conquering such a task and did it all in the end and never chicken out.
After everything, I was given a Certificate, I thanked Clem and Lee "it was an honour!" And was expecting to wait 45 mins for the finished video but it was done within 10 minutes, WIN!
I told the girls what it's like as they were next. Nothing to worry about, just smile, scream your heart out and enjoy! With that being said we all headed for home... which wasn't easy for any of us.
You see on the way back, the god damn Sat Nav decided to take us through Maidstone instead of the backroads. We ended up taking 50 mins to do only 9 miles due to a huge delay that Dad wasn't happy about which turned out to be a lorry broken down in the centre lane, but that didn't explain the 2 Ambulances and 2 Police cars zooming past. During the ride home, the adrenaline, hunger and everything else hit me as I had an upset stomach and felt a little ill. I guess adrenaline doesn't agree with me so easily and I had only eaten breakfast way early in the morning and didn't fall till 1.45pm, so an empty stomach caused me pain for the ride home. Feeling great now after a lot of food and watching on Facebook as everyone praises me and takes a look at my photos ha ha.
Well this has been something. When I looked out over the horizon seeing the blue sky up close and this time not in an EasyJet plane, it felt far more different to anything I could imagine. It was frightening and exhilarating, I felt the air rush through my mouth, since I was going at such a blazing speed and my hair and eyes were protected but not my mouth (it wasn't painful), it was just the best way to breathe through and it felt confusing that I was receiving the air to breathe, it was just flowing through even faster.
So what's next for me on my daredevil list? Well on Saturday 27th, Me, Rebecca and one of each of our friends are seeing the legendary comedian Lee Evans at the O2, S GONNA BE GOOD.
Also I might enquire with a friend about attempting the Tough Mudder challenge for next year's May?! I think I may have "bitten off more than I can chew". As I've just done something that takes courage, this thing however is a 12km obstacle course and run... I may do it but then again if I don't get round to it due to fear or doubts or even not feeling medically/ physically fit, then it doesn't mean I can never do it, right? Just not for 2015. I hope my friend Aimy has a blast doing it with her friends and perhaps someday I can join her another time or with luck, confidence and proper training/ advice from the instructors at the gym, then maybe... just maybe I too can tackle it too next year or someday.
But for my other tasks to do on my Bucketlist? I can tell you for sure that I won't go 'Swimming With Sharks', I'd rather go for a hike or go and see more of this world such as Africa, New Zealand and Japan someday. But for now, I need to just take things slowly and enjoy the rest of the year as I've had done more than enough extreme sports for this year.
If anyone had a bet, if you won or lost, then at least be grateful that this Lad's still kicking.
The night before this, I had a pleasant trip to the cinema with Lewis to watch that new film starring "Scarlett Johansson" - Lucy (which I have begun writing a serious review up about and will upload in a couple days).