Chicagoland Skydiving Center
Rochelle, Illinois
June 14, 2013
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Chicagoland Skydiving Center, Rochelle, Illinois

Rock back once, rock back twice, rock back three times then...

Chicagoland Skydiving Center, Rochelle, Illinois

...GO!

Chicagoland Skydiving Center, Rochelle, Illinois

You know how in the movie The Matrix how during some of the intense scenes time slowed way down?  Leaving the plane was all in "Matrix time" for me.  It took forever and that was a good thing because every little thing is seared into my memory.  It was freezing up there but as my feet left contact with the plane my brain released all of the adrenaline possible so I was high as a kite and significantly higher than one as I had nothing but 14,500 feet of air between me and the next solid surface that was the Earth.

Chicagoland Skydiving Center, Rochelle, Illinois


It is hard to find words to be able to describe at how beautiful jumping was.

Chicagoland Skydiving Center, Rochelle, Illinois

Even though I had Mike strapped to my back it was just so peaceful and relaxing just being out there alone in space.  I have had a few people look at me weird because to me plummeting out of a plane was relaxing and peaceful.  The thing is like a coaster you're locked in, just let go of all the stress and garbage in life and put your trust in the ride and get every little bit of joy you can out of the experience.  I didn't want to fight it.  I didn't want to freak out.  I just wanted to fly and enjoy every nanosecond of it.



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