Skydiving at 16!

This weekend (on Easter Sunday), I jumped off a plane at an altitude of 13,000 feet!

My heart was beating and my body was shaking as I stepped into the plane. In those ten minutes, I could feel nothing but the chills of fear of jumping, despite my amazing instructor Benji trying his best to calm me down.

And then the moment came!

The plane door opened, and I watched the first two people fall into the sky, one of them being my twin sister. Then it was my turn. Benji and I crouched at the door of the plane, I looked out into the sky all around me, and I took the biggest jump of my life.

What Skydiving Taught Me About Fear:

In life, there are always some things that scare each of us. When I was very little, I had a fear of almost everything. The wind would scare me (Ancraophobia). Loud noises would scare me (Phonophobia). Fast things would terrify me (Tachophobia). I would barely ever swing on playground swings because of how it made my stomach have that dropping sensation! Due to fears, we can often doubt ourselves a lot, and hence we refrain from doing anything we find too scary. We end up limiting ourselves. Skydiving forced me to “Just Do It” and stop being controlled by my fears. Many of us live in a safe box of limited habits, but by throwing ourselves out there, we push our own boundaries and see the real us, the US we never knew existed.

Another lesson I learned is about perspectives. A lot of naysayers assume that skydiving or bungee jumping is insanely risky. But statistically speaking, you are more likely to die being struck by lightning or stung by a bee than from sky diving! (National Safety Council, 2018). Sometimes, we make things big and scary in our heads because we are afraid to break out of the boxes we have trapped ourselves in. Stepping out of our comfort zones might sound scary in theory but in reality, it is where the big magic begins.

If we never leave our comfort zones, we will never be able to experience the exciting things about life. Over analyzing everything and at every time doesn’t help us in too many ways. If I would have thought too much beforehand, I probably would have talked myself right out of even trying. Sometimes, we just have to let go of all our fears, trust the journey, and enjoy the ride.

The last thing I learnt is that I can do anything I set my mind to. Skydiving gives us this huge boost of unique inner power. Impossible is a word I threw out of my dictionary. There will be so many things out there in the world that will scare me. But I will never know the things I can do until I go for it. If I can muster up the courage to jump out a plane, I have the ability to conquer any other fear that crawls into my life!

(Me on your left, my twin sister on your right):

Here is a short video of me falling down the sky:

– SaaniaSparkle ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

253 thoughts on “Skydiving at 16!

  1. It’s good to experience many things, but I’m going to pass on jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. My ride in a hot air balloon was adventure enough for me.

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  2. complimenti per il coraggio ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ sicuramente se si superano queste paure si vede tutto sotto un’altra prospettiva ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. OOoooh, for a LOVE, LOVE, LOVE button! And for a tachophobe to jump out of an airplane!! … Okay, YOU did not really jump, but you WERE willing to hook onto someone for the tandem and let him scoop you out of the semi-solid ‘ground’ of the craft to free fall into the abyss of space and fly at 120 mph (195kM/h) with NOTHING but Nitrogen and Oxygen between you and the ground 13,000 feet below!!! That is FOUR kilometers!!!!
    I need more exclamation keys on my computer! ๐Ÿ˜ Congratulations!
    “For God gave us a spirit, not of fear, but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7

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  4. Congrats on taking the jump to overcome your fears! I would have no hesitation to take that jump with a qualified professional; just don’t put me in a dark space alone, however! Your video gave me goosebumps!

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  5. This is your top post Saania ๐Ÿ’–
    Strong emotions, beautiful adventure! Dubai is nice place for fun in the sky.
    My congratulations! I watched last week video YouTube: Emirates:#Hello Jetman

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  6. Wow! Good for you, {{{Saania}}}!!! You are so right, “We end up limiting ourselves,” if we let our fears conquer our courage. You and your sister are braver than I! I loved your pictures and the video. Thanks so much for sharing. I will take your lesson to heart, “I will never know the things I can do until I go for it.” God bless you! I’m glad you had such a memorable Easter! โค

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  7. Mit meiner eigenen Angst
    und mit der Panik
    Hand in Hand gehen

    mit beiden
    als treue Freundinnen
    in ihrer Begleitung

    im Zweifel
    zuerst รผberlegen

    was die linke Hand will
    mit der rechten Hand
    das Bessere wagen

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  8. Oh, God!!!!! it is a heck of an experience ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    This is on my wishlist โคโคโค
    I am glad that you overcome your fear, and were able to enjoy this beautiful experience…

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  9. Iโ€™ve always wanted to try, itโ€™s not the fear I have that stops me but rather my loved ones fear for my safety. Like you I believe it is statistically positive to try, maybe I will just quietly do it by myself one day. ๐Ÿ˜

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  10. So fun! I went skydiving just after graduating from high school, and the exhilaration made it a great opportunity to reflect on things. Thank you for sharing your experience!

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  11. Bravo! I am sure you are right that skydiving is not as dangerous as it may seem to be. Riding a horse is dangerous. People die coming off horses. That is a known fact. I admire you for your jump! Thanks for the video!

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