Skydiving: Nothing Short of a Life-changing Sport

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Skydiving: Nothing Short of a Life-changing Sport

For me, skydiving is not just some fun weekend activity or a type of dangerous exhibitionism. I deem it to be the most liberating, exhilarating, and empowering experience there is. And I am speaking from experience: it changed my life for the better and it holds the same potential for anyone ready to try it out.  Yes, there is no denying it is also terrifying and that is why many shy away from it for this reason.

I cannot blame you for raising the eyebrow, but I would also prompt you to consider the rewards that wait on the other side. I personally discovered that they are too great to be missed out. The rush you feel during and after the activity— that is just the tip of the iceberg. You also end up cleansed mentally and rejuvenated physically. And most importantly, there are some long-term effects that kick in after a while. They can completely turn your life around.  Let us dive in and see what treasure wait to be obtained.

 

Different strokes for different folks

 

There are many reasons why people take on skydiving. Some are in it for the sheer thrill; others want to escape the tedious loop of daily routines and turn a new leaf. There are many of those who just seek to test and push the boundaries. I even met people doing it to cross another item from a long bucket list. Now, don’t get me wrong— these are all legitimate reasons and some of them pushed me into trying this extreme discipline for the first time.

I just want to argue there is much more to it. Many lifestyle coaches and ordinary people have awakened to the transformative potential of extreme sports. Skydiving is one of those realms of utter freedom and unlimited possibility, a potential millstone of your life. You may lack the inborn inclination to high-risk activities, but hey, only you get to choose who you want to be. To really become the better version of yourself, you have to get out of the comfort zone sometimes.  

Skydiving was surely the crucial factor that helped me to plunge into life and make strides towards personal and professional goals.

 

To the limits and beyond

 

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It goes without saying that skydiving takes some guts. I mean jumping off an airplane from 1,000-4,000 meters is not really for the faint of heart. You have to board the damn thing, approach the door, and then make that crucial decision to dive into the abyss beneath. Some people claim that merely watching skydiving videos makes them feel dizzy. Yet, this sport is not some crazy activity reserved only for adrenaline junkies and daredevils. It is a way of life that is more accessible than you might first assume.

Namely, I firmly believe that anyone can find the courage to cross that threshold and feel the empowering energy taking over the body. In fact, most people who do give it a go claim that it is one of the highlights of their lives. There is something incredibly special in taking in the beauty of the world for that high up. But, you also realize you are stronger and more callable than you believed. You gain a completely new perspective, and I do not mean just because you are up there in the clouds.

 

Chemical cocktail party

 

When skydiving, you are served a chemical cocktail that creates a maelstrom in your brain. And I mean it in the most positive way. The production of feel-good brain juices like adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine skyrockets because you are facing an extreme and risky situation. But, many people do not know, for example, that adrenaline has a variety of positive, long-term effects on our mental health. It boosts your awareness, mood, energy levels, and cognitive function.

Serotonin, on the other hand, induces a sense of calm and balance, improves sex drive, and wards off depression. Think of it as an instant injection of mental clarity, happiness, and excitement that makes you see things in a new way. On top of that, it can help people with heightened stress, anxiety, and sleeping problems. These improvements add up and initiate a powerful change, leading to a better quality of life. You are finally able to banish grim thoughts and get that mojo back.

 

Physical rewards

 

Furthermore, there are also some amazing physical benefits you can reap. In fact, this extreme discipline demands a considerable level of psychical preparedness. It is not just simple freefalling where you barely have to do anything. The gear is quite heavy and operating a parachute tests your arm strength, which means you burn calories and tone your muscles in the process. It is estimated that it torches around 230 calories/hour for an average person.

The landing is a different ballgame that calls for considerable strength in the lower body. Moreover, the acts of arching and bending reinforce back and core muscles. So, if you persist and create a habit of out it, you end up sculpting your body and increasing the overall level of fitness, dexterity, and agility. This, again, can give you a nice boost when it comes to self-esteem because you start looking better. Beyond that, skydiving is also associated with increased immune system function and lower risk of cancer.

 

A new perception of life

 

Another great thing about sky diving is that it forces you to think and be in the moment. After such an adrenaline-pumping endeavor, real-life challenges shrink. You are ready to face them head-on without fear, hesitation, and second thoughts. You learn how to conquer fear and that is one of the hardest things there is. No obstacle that can stand in the way between you and goal you set your mind on. Ultimately, you are able to build a more positive and upbeat outlook on life.

So, rest assured that skydiving is not just a form of escapism, where you just run away from the reality. I would argue it is the crash with reality. Just replay the act of leaping through air and landing every time you feel intimated by something. It works for me and many others, who emphasize how skydiving took their self-confidence to the whole new level. Life is not as daunting and scary as you thought— this is one of those lessons that only pushing it to the extreme can teach you.

 

A social aspect

 

Let us also not forget the community of people skydiving alongside you. What is so special about it? Well, the intensity of the whole experience forges deeper relationships with them. It is something that inspires trust, respect, and collaboration, values that are extremely important in business and private life. You start feeling like a part of a big, wacky family. I made some friends for life and good chances are that you will too.

Finally, I saw this activity empowering people who have social anxiety and similar problems. They found it much easier to do things such as getting in front of a large crowd at the business meeting and speaking up. They managed to deal with those self-imposed obstacles and hindrances that hamper personal growth and career success. So, is skydiving scary? Absolutely! But, that is why it is also one of the best release filters there is, an activity that propels you to really excel in life.

 

Conclusion

 

It is surprising how many people are unaware of what skydiving can do for your life. I discovered its power to breathe new life into stale day-to-day reality. Perhaps I was trying to find refuge, but that refuge also helped me get out there again and face the real world with greater confidence. You feel your brain soaking in chemical rewards and enhance mental health. What is more, you get to know yourself better and a chance to change the tape inside your head.

Physically, you become tougher and more flexible. You feel much better in your own skin. So, I think it is time to stop finding excuses and challenge yourself. Embark on the adventure of your life and see the world in new majestic light. Join a welcoming, tight community of fellow skydivers. Take that big leap and you are going to notice something different about yourself.

Trust me, the feeling sticks for good and armed with it, impossible is nothing. Or, to put it in other words: if you can skydive, you can do pretty much anything.

 

 

Sean Lockwood

Sean is a programmer with a passion for extreme sports. Favourite extreme sports discipline is biathlon. Started this blog because of the great love for nature and adrenaline which results in something extreme like Extreme Sports Lab (ESL).

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