“If we don’t dare live now, when will we? As a risk taker, my mind is constantly seeking to explore & taste the various flavors of life. It is my desire to experience & optimistically live life during my stay here on earth that motivate my risk taking behaviors & life achievements. Whereas some people have one lifetime bucket list, I prepare yearly bucket lists filled with dreams, goals & risks to meet. With determination, courage & persistent motivation, many of my dreams/passions/goals have been successfully achieved/realized. With me, it’s simple. If I can think it, I can therefore do it! Needless to say, some exceptions apply… But I firmly believe that “once we accept our limits, we go beyond them” – Albert Einstein.
So what do my bucket lists really look like? Anything along the lines of: pursuing a higher education, travelling to new destinations, getting involved in organizations, self-set goals with my passions for photography, videography, composing songs, adrenaline rush activities & more… As seen in the picture above, skydiving appeared on my 2010 bucket list, a fairly long list which also included items such as Bungee jumping & graduating with a Bachelor’s degree. But why I am writing a post about skydiving, risks & changes? After all, I jumped & flew off of a plane 2 years ago!
Risks & Changes?
Adrenaline, dangerous, amazing, flying, freedom, best feeling in my life… Those are few of the plethora of words that I can use to describe diving into the sky. I loved it so much that yes, I would do it again & again (in different countries). It is the feeling of freedom & being on top of the world that makes this activity incomparably fascinating. The best part: feeling your heart race at the opening of the plane’s door & having 5 seconds to throw your body in a void, in a humongous world of space standing 12 000ft above! Those who have skydived will understand & if you haven’t, I highly recommend you try it to understand!
Interestingly, making small changes or even taking non life threatening risks may have the same effect on some people. Some embrace changes while others cannot tolerate such rush feeling and therefore fear & avoid it. Everyone is different & so is everyone’s perspective & reaction when facing the antonyms to certainty & persistence. But taking a risk is a change & some changes do involve risks! Both are linked & I personally think that the person who fears risks may also be the person who will prefer remaining in his or her comfort zone & routines. It’s just another way of seeing things!
So, why this post today? Why May 2012? Well, I introduced you to my skydiving experience today not only because it’s been almost exactly 2 years but also because it was my biggest risk taken up to date. I conjugate “was” because May 2012, I went beyond the risks of diving in the sky. For the 1st time, I exceeded the limits & mixed a major risk with a permanent life time change!
With time, I add more items to my lists, set higher goals & go somehow riskier. For those who have been following me on different social platforms, whether interactively or silently, may have an idea about my most recently accomplished goal. I must admit that this lifetime change was/is truly riskier than skydiving in so many ways such as: duration, permanence, life threatening level… Adrenaline rush? Yes! Even more than jumping from a plane. My heart was excited & racing of eagerness & joy. I was extremely happy before & after even if this activity did involve some pain & discomfort. Pain & discomfort? How can this mean pleasure & be compared to skydiving? You may be saying to yourself: But what is she talking about? What did she do now? Well, let me put it this way, I dared make a change that will positively & permanently increase, in an exponential manner, my approach to life & myself (even more than now, if imaginable). Whereas skydiving is an euphoric feeling, lasting 1-2minutes, the change in question has/will create long lasting euphoria. No matter where I am, it will follow me & this for as long as I live. “It” fits perfectly with my definition of liveuphoria! For more details about this exciting new journey, which is still in progress, come back & visit my website/blog or subscribe/follow me to receive an email notification when published :)
For now, I leave you with the links to my Skydiving video on my Youtube channel & the Instagram link to my picture. & remember, “we only live once, but if we live it right, once is enough” – Gary Ryan Blair So, dare live life, because no risks, no life!
Make your day beautiful!