In my case, the phrase, living sixty seconds at a time, comes with aview from 14,000 feet as I exit a plane. Awaiting my next minute screeching towards the earth at a fall rate of 200 miles per hour. Yet, this minute of pure exuberance is lifted by the soft opening of my parachute after I deploy at 3,000 feet to a nice crisp clean silent airabove the earth. The best part about this minute, is that Ive lived itover 400 times now, all around the world, almost all of them with a goprocamera strapped to my helmet so I can relive my, minutes on my computer and watch as I frolic with my friends in the sky.
Everybody has their passions in life, their desires, their wants and needs and I was fortunate enough to know mine since I was a little kid. I went skydiving on the first day I was eligible, on my 18th birthday, and never stopped dreaming about that feeling of flight.
Skydiving is unnatural, feels as if youre in a dream for that one, minute. Yet most people associate the terrifying thought of jumping out of a perfectly good plane with death, or the question of, What if my parachute fails!?
Ive heard these questions a number of times and to you I would say, you have a reserve, but that does little to help the reservations of jumping out of a plane. Most of the time it only begs more questions, or causes people to come up with excuses of, I would if I had the money.
To that excuse I would say, money is made to be spent, especially on the activities that cause a person to feel truly alive. The adrenaline spike, the curvature of the earth, the life altering experience that is skydiving has changed my life in ways I never would have guessed, just helping me to see things at ground level and also having the perspective to see how minimal some situations are when youre 14,000 feet high.
Yes, skydiving is expensive at Interlaken, yes the scenery of the Alps is the most beautiful thing Ive ever seen while jumping, yes jumping out of a helicopter is the most exiting kind of aircraft Ive had the pleasure of jumping out of and yes I will do it again.
Long story short, if youre going to Interlaken, save up the money and jump out of a helicopter at 14,000 feet. I assure you it will be one of the most ecstatic things youve ever done in your life and will remember it forever. The scenery is literally the number one view Ive ever seen and whether youre excuse was, It costs too much, or your question was, what if my parachute doesnt work? You will not be able to stop smiling the rest of the weekend because you not only conquered your own fears and reservations, but will be able to tell the tale to your friends and family and have the pictures and video to prove it.