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It recently hit me that change is a lot like skydiving. Yeah, skydiving.
You are probably asking yourself “Skydiving? What can skydiving teach me about change?”
After my first skydive in 2011, I can say it can teach you quite a bit.
Imagine taking a plane ride. You are in a tiny Cessna airplane. It fits three people comfortably, if you are lucky. This trip, there are five people in the plane. A pilot, two instructors, another person, and yourself.
As you take off the plane is loud. Rolling on the runway it is bumpy and rough. You wonder if the plane will be able to lift into the air.
It does and you start circling. Up and up you go. The ground below grows further away.
Twenty minutes into the flight you are 11,000 feet into the air.
The plane is now warm, almost unbearably so. All of a sudden one of the instructors reaches over and opens the door to the plane.
Air rushes in, quickly cooling the plane. It creates noise, it sounds like you are in the eye of a hurricane.
You and your instructor (who is attached to your back) scoot towards the open door.
Now you have a decision to make. Do you leap or do you stay in the plane?
I chose to leap. I did not regret it.
Whether it be skydiving or change, I think you should take the leap.
Here is what I learned from taking that leap
- You may be scared
Leaping out of a plane can be scary. As you scoot yourself to the door, you are told to place your feet on a small square. You can now see the ground and there is nothing holding you back from it.
Your instructor then tells you to rock back and forth three times and to go out on the third rock. You are now free falling.
It is a scary yet exhilarating experience.
With change, the same feelings can be felt.
You know what has to happen but you will not be in total control. Things could go wrong.
You are scared and that is okay.