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MY FIRST SKYDIVING EXPERIENCE
Skydiving experience outweighs all the fears engendered by this sport. It calls for a great deal of emotions during the jump and a very relaxed feeling once you are back on the land. It is one of the best experiences in my lifetime. I cannot compare this experience with anything else. I will start off by describing what I felt when I was at the airfield ready for getting on the plane in Arizona.
My forehead spews forth sweat as I gazed at the monstrous silver-plated bird in front of me. It is a DC-3 and even its shadow is threateningly voluminous. I'm going over in my mind the seven steps: count, grab the controls, check the dome, note the position of the other skydivers, locate the jump area, determine the direction of the wind and prepare for landing 1500 feet above ground. Everything appears so easy, but, how to know it if I have never done it before? The risks of responding to that question could be disastrous. As I board, my final thought is that this will be the first time that I will go out of the plane in a dissimilar fashion to how I got in.
I attend at those close to me, not to the students who are paralyzed with terror, merely to the most experienced skydivers. One man sticks his head out at the door as the wind caresses his face like the sail of a boat. Another man opens a window adjacent to him and looks down. And a young woman sends a flying kiss to her beau. But then I catch the eyes of the woman who is sitting next to me. Her eyes are closed and I don’t know if she is praying, pondering the question whether to jump or not or if she is just tired out, but, I interpret it as fear and her fear becomes mine. Whenever the airplane ascends, I feel as if the heart is pulled towards the Earth. I repeat the same words over and over again: "Fear is a State of Mind", but when they signal the students to stand up, I realize that it is precisely that State of mind that causes my knees to tremble. Someone tells me I will experience the best time of my life and I give him my best grin. I know it is not convincing.
The plane levels out at 1,000 meters and makes us the signal to halt. We maneuvered to the head of the plane where our static cables connected to the rear part of the parachute are tied to the cable in the plane. A man named John is of the first by the door. When they give him the signal, he casts off from the door. I see that his body does not have the appropriate arch. Before he is lost out of sight, his body starts writhing. My heart begins to beat violently. Next is Maurice, who only waits for Frank’s signal to throw himself out of the plane. Another man named Harry jumps immediately without losing time. I prepare myself by the door and refuse to look down. I feel the adrenaline rush in my body like some electric discharge. I fix my eyes on Frank’s eyes and we stared at each other which feels like we are staring for an eternity. Like in a slow motion camera, I nod my head and I turn around to confront the strong winds.
As I jump out of the plane, I keep my eyes open against the instinct to close them, and feel that the gravity seizes me like a wild beast, dragging me down, and all this happens in blurry snapshots: the wing, the open door with the instructor and his worried look, the plane looking smaller now, a visible unit and no place to return to. And then the parachute opens and everything becomes slower. The world gradually becomes more and more familiar. I review the steps surprised with the simplicity of the process, holding the controls to discover that they are as easy to use as I was taught. I look down at the world in a small scale, everything placed like a mock-up with its small and brilliant swimming pools and its quite elegant meadows. My confidence increases, I begin playing with the parachute, pushing it every time a little more until I am rocking like a pendulum, fixing my sight to the airport where I want to land.
As I come closer, I calculate that I am about 50 meters above the ground, and place myself in position for landing. When the world is small from above, the movement seems innocuously slow, but now, being so close, I see that I am falling down quickly. Feet together, knees touching, touch land on feet and run. Feet together, knees touching, touch land on feet and run. Before having a third opportunity to revise the steps in my mind, I already am on the ground and touch it with a tremendous force. I am lying on my back, in a safe nest of tall grass and glanced at the small airplane that scatters skydivers like toy parachutes in the sky and I say to myself I would like to be back up there again.
Like I said at the beginning of my essay, Skydiving is an experience that outweighs all the fears generated by the sport. The feeling after you land is so relaxing. You won’t feel any of the adrenaline rush you had before and during the jump. Even though we think the jump is dangerous, the whole experience and feeling you get out of it compensates to all your emotions. You will always remember this experience in your life and could describe it to many. I think everyone should experience this at least once in their lifetime.…...

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