I told my Kyle I would NEVER go skydiving. I had also told myself that for years. Why would I jump out of a well-functioning plane? But when August rolled around, I had NO IDEA what to get him for his birthday. He’s a minimalist who had everything he needed, and I was at a lost. After doing some research on things to do instead of gifts to buy, I came across the idea of skydiving. If I could face my fear, trust that God will protect me, and take one for the team, this could be an amazing surprise. He would have no clue.
I spent the next few weeks preparing myself mentally, watching videos, and convincing myself that this was going to be fun, safe, and something I wouldn’t regret. I was so right. Skydiving is unbelievable and if you can overcome the fear, do it!
You’d think you’d be scared once you get up there, but you’re in a bit of shock, so the anxiety and nerves hit you after! If you want to feel like a bird for a couple of minutes, do it. I flew with Piedmont Skydiving & they were amazing! Our instructors made us feel so safe and the humor saved us from having too many fearful thoughts.
I told Kyle we had a surprise weekend. He thought we were just going to the fancy restaurant down the street, but that was just the first part of it. I figured a fancy meal would be worth it, especially if it were our last. You can read about our restaurant experience the night before our adventure here! (click here)
We woke up super early in the morning. I told him to wear gym clothes and that we would go workout together. He had no idea why I was driving 45 minutes away from Charlotte.
And then he saw the signs…
He was like a kid in a candy store. He gave me a huge kiss and kept asking me if I was really going to do it. He was in shock. I’ll never forget how big that smile was, and it was worth it for me.
When you first get there, you’ll have to fill out some forms. (you, know…just in case…)
Then, it’s time to get strapped up! I wasn’t nervous at all, which surprised me. I was more excited than anything else! I think seeing Kyle so happy, made me forget all about the fact that I could possibly die.
It takes about ten minutes to make it to the top. Our instructors were singing Bon Jovi and doing everything they could to keep us from getting nervous. Kyle wasn’t nervous though, he LOVES skydiving.
We attached Go Pros to our wrist to record the entire thing. Piedmont Skydiving provides them for you.
Ugh, those goggles sucked your face. There is no looking cute…
This was the most terrifying part of the whole experience. When he opens the door and you look down, it all hits you. You’re about to jump.
I had to put my feet on the little step, and getting the courage to do it was hard. I had three seconds to do it myself, or Scott would do it for me lol
Yup, there is the reality kicking in.
The free fall is the first 15-25 seconds. You’re just swallowing in all the air and it feels like you can’t catch your breath at times. I remember looking back and saying “I can’t breathe” and Scott started laughing.
It all happens so fast.
Every inch of your body is fighting the air, so your cheeks are moving, your skin is flopping on your face, and it looks pretty funny actually.
I swear you’ll feel like a bird.
Once the parachute is released, you slow down a bit. Everything looks so magical and you feel a bit safer at that point because you know the parachute released. I think that is everyone’s biggest fear.
You spend minutes gliding through the sky.
You never realize how small you are until you’re so far up.
He actually let me fly the parachute! If you go, definitely ask the instructor for the handles. They feel like wings.
The moment you get closer to the ground, you want to get back up and do it all over again.
I’m not sure how, but Kyle jumped after me and landed before me.
There I am!
My straps on the legs were tight, so it was hard for me to get my legs up. I had a muddy butt, so totally wear old clothes.
This was one of the best experiences of my life!!! Face your fears and DO IT!!!!!
Questions for you!
1. Would you do it? Yes or No.
2. Do you have any questions for me about my experience?
3. What the heck am I going to do to top this in August?!
Thank you, Piedmont Skydiving for giving us the BEST experience ever!!!!