Chicagoland Skydiving Center
June 14, 2013
I am terrified of heights so of course at some point I had to jump
out of a plane. Really despite my natural fears I have wanted to take
the leap out of a perfectly good plane since I was a kid. "A life
lived in fear is a life half lived" are the words that I live by so throughout
my time here I have faced my fears, told them off with some colorful metaphors
and kept living my life for myself instead of my fears. Why let fear
get in the way of crossing off skydiving off of my bucket list.
Oh just a side note. If you think that signing all of the paperwork
for a mortgage was a bit much then go skydiving. I swear I had to
initial or sign my name at least eighty times on paperwork stating that
I was doing this of my own free will and that me or my estate would not
sue anyone even vaguely involved in skydiving, the plane, the airport, the
State of Illinois, the United States of America or the Chicagoland Skydiving
My little brother Kevin first jumped two years ago and since then he has
pestering me to jump with him. I have to admit that a bit of fear
kept me from agreeing but eventually I said yes and we booked our jump.
We went to the Chicagoland Skydiving Center which really isn't in what I'd
call in the "Chicagoland area" way out in Rochelle, IL. The reason
you can't jump closer to the city is all of that well traveled airspace
above it is heavily regulated and out in rural Rochelle the Chicagoland
Skydiving Center has the freedom and room to work with.
Carrie came with us on this one as she had to be there if I jumped.
Something about wanting to make sure to give me one last kiss in case I
Here is the perfectly good airplane that I was going to jump out of.
Here's Kevin and his instructor. Both of us were tandem jumping which
means that we are along for the ride that the instructors at the Chicagoland
Skydiving Center was giving. Kevin and I each had a harness but no
parachute. The instructors have those. After getting to
altitude we'd be attached to our instructor (and more importantly his chute)
before taking the dive out of the plane.