Skydiving: Face your fears and jump!

Michaela King and her tandem jumper, Greg Eastridge, enjoy a recent skydiving excursion high above North Carolina. / Photo submitted

Commentary by Michaela King
Times-News correspondent

   LOUISBURG — If you’re looking for some excitement, an adrenaline rush or a way to conquer a fear, Triangle Skydiving Center is the place to go.
I recently had the opportunity to go skydiving in celebration of turning 18. I had never been on a plane before and, to be honest, had a fear of flying. I decided it was time for me to step out of my comfort zone and conquer a fear of mine. I had never really dreamt of doing something like this before, but it was definitely worth it.
For your first jump, you have to do a tandem jump, meaning an experienced jumper has to be attached to you when diving. However, it is required that you be at least 18 years of age to jump due to safety precautions and the fact that you have to sign a waiver. You watch a video and go through steps of training with your tandem jumper before stepping on to the plane.
The hour and minutes leading up to the jump were filled with anxiety, excitement and a little fear. I had no idea what to expect. Once I got on the plane and went through all of my training it was time to step onto the edge of the plane and dive. This to me was the scariest part.
However, once I jumped and began to free-fall, all of the fear went away. It doesn’t feel like you are falling. You don’t get that feeling you do when you go on a roller coaster. The free-fall was the best part.
You spin around, do flips and enjoy the rush. Once you pull the parachute though, it’s a peaceful journey back down to the ground.
All in all, the skydiving experience was amazing and taught me to get out of my comfort zone and enjoy the things in life. I encourage everyone to step out of their comfort zone and take a risk.

Michaela King is a senior at Burlington Christian Academy and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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