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The Profundity of Jumping?

Peter Nicholson

Body in Flight II: The Psychological
All the possible metaphors. Wanting to do something memorable, I went skydiving on my birthday. It took several hours of circling the idea before committing. My internal resistance sometimes doesn’t evaporate immediately, but requires time to subside. With age comes perspective and, rather than open you up to new experiences, it can motivate just the opposite. Despite renting the car, driving the 70 miles, watching the training video, seeing lots of other experienced jumpers prepare, stepping on the plane, tucking myself snugly in front of the instructor, and even watching others disappear out the door before me, I was in denial. What welled up inside me as I dangled my legs outside the aircraft at 13,500 ft wasn’t so much fear, as disbelief. I never really imagined myself doing this. If we are ever going to make meaningful progress on the increasingly complex challenges that are confronting us, we need muster the courage to re-envision who we are, in relation to our communities, country, world, and ourselves. For the first few seconds of free fall there were no points of reference; I was momentarily discombobulated. The experience didn’t mean anything more than what it was, it didn’t need to. Something within me was both breaking and forming. Time, and another jump, might tell exactly what. You in?