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To find out if their parachute will open.

It is a real-life growth experience to see if you can stand there on the ledge, terrified out of your mind, and take the leap knowing there’s a chance of failure…

Of course, when our biological life is at stake, we prefer risks that have an extremely low rate of failure, but there is always a risk. When that door opens, you can bet every jumper thinks about those handful of people who got a bad parachute, wondering if they might be so unlucky.

They jump anyways.

What about taking a risk on a new job? A new relationship? A new business? A new city? Then, the potential for the parachute to fail is much greater. Your ego or your feelings or your finances have a high probability of diving straight into the ground as you watch helplessly.

As you’re standing on the door of the plane with the wind rushing past your face, there is only one question left to ask: if this parachute doesn’t open, will I still be proud of myself for jumping?

Most of the time the answer will be no. Fine. Get back in the plane and ride safely down to the airport.

But if the answer is yes, what are you waiting for?

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4 Responses to “Why do people go skydiving?”

  1. Loved this, Andrew. I’ve never tried sky-diving – but I’ve skydived often, if you know what I mean. Sometimes the dang parachute didn’t open – and sometimes I haven’t been proud of even trying…But the learning has been tremendous.

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  2. To be sure your point about the parachute opening is on point. But even more than that is the question why? It seems to me that we live in a world that has stripped away a space for the ecstatic…but we need contact with that somehow. So we find ways to connect with it anyway we can.

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    • Hmm, that is a really good question. Why? I don’t really know what to say, haha, you’ve made me think.

      I don’t know if you meant we seek the skydiving as a “thrill” (I get that too), but I was approaching it more like we lead ourselves forward into the unknown in a way where we can be fully content even if they choices don’t work out.

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