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How does skydiving affect your life?

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I've been taking a briefing techniques course all week and tomorrow I have to make a 5 minute presentation. I've decided to talk about the ways in which skydiving can affect your everyday life: increased confidence, change in perspective, increased ability to deal with stress, feeling of closeness with God, renewed joy in life... anything. Just wanted to get some thoughts and stories to go with them.

I really liked Lori Steffen's article http://www.kensavage.com/index.php/archives/why-do-people-skydive/

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Skydiving has challenged me to face every aspect of my personality that I do not like and has helped me change and grow as a person.
It has also made me count money in terms of jumps, (let's see that will be 250 bux, that's 7 1/2 jumps, is it worth it?). All my whuffo friends think I dropped off the face of the earth. Every person I date becomes a skydiver(I don't date skydivers, I just make em).

The most significant way skydiving has changed my life.....

For 13 years I did not speak to my father. Deciding it was time to face my personal demons I reconnected and bought him a skydive for fathers day three years ago. My dad now has two rigs his B license and upward of 300 jumps and we jump together. I can't say I have completely gotten over the past, but with the aid of the sky it is healing.

:)

"Diligent observation leads to pure abstraction". Lari Pittman

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Unfortunately I haven't had anything like that, but I am getting better endurance-wise. Last night I went to 5 minutes, it was one of the proudest moments of my life!:)

I just wish I'd had somebody to share it with
I got nuthin

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I've become more of an asshole around my whuffo friends and a nicer person around skydivers. It's also given me a true passion in life whereas before I just enjoyed doing whatever. My alcohol tolerance has returned as well.
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I don't know that I have any business posting in this thread, as I'm not currently actively jumping & thus am not even a skydiver [if I was I'd post in the "Name that Ass" thread:D:ph34r:]....yet.

Almost all of you know the story - 2 tandem wonder with a dream...

That said - skydiving has changed me, DRASTICALLY!

#1 For the 1st time in my life I have a passion, & goals to go along with it; I know I want to pursue this sport for the rest of my life. All it's gonna take is some tunnel time and a lot a little money. I simply love the feeling of flight, & piloting a canopy, well... :)
#2 I have a renewed joy in life, and the physical obstacles I face only motivate me more to get to that gym to do what I need to in order to be able jump. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about being in the sky.

My faith in God is stronger I suppose; & suddenly, the world, with all its problems doesn't seem so impossible anymore.

The people I met & friends I made thanks to skydiving, whether byway of these forums, or in person - I wouldn't trade anyone of you for the world! :)
Dialogue/commentary between Divot, Twardo & myself -

"from your first Oshkosh when the three of us were riding to or from one of

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Its given me a greater appreciation for the moment.

It seems like we sometimes forget how much we have and get to do.

Skydiving helps me to realize just how much I do have and get to do :)
John Fosgate
"In the end, its always best to choose the hard right over the easy wrong." LouDiamond
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Well...

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increased confidence


yes
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change in perspective


yes

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increased ability to deal with stress


yes (even helped me quit smoking, which I did a lot when under stress)

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feeling of closeness with God


nothing more than before

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renewed joy in life


yes, but less and less with every jump...

- In general there is work and there is skydiving (with just a little other stuff). I love my work, but now I see it as a money making activity that supports my skydiving. As one of the previous posters said, you convert any amount of money to skydives :S (and for me the equipment too).
- Over the course of time, i got more and more friends related to skydiving, and less and less whuffo friends. I`m on DZ every weekend, or somewhere else with skydiving friends. Many of my friends broke relationships because of jumping.
- My students think I`m cool, but most of the other people don`t. General notion is: "You got away with it once, now you are just pushin` it."
- All of my travels are skydiving related.
- Being a skydiver, has no significant impact in the attraction of the opposite sex (girls anyway). They say: Oooh... Cool. I could never do something like that. And that`s about it. Find something else to pick up chicks.
- My alcohol tolerance went skyhigh...

Lot of things about skydiving/lifestyle relationship can be found, where else, on skydiving t-shirts:
- My girlfriend said if I jump one more time she was leaving...I'm sure going to miss her!
- Live To Jump, Jump To Live
- (and my personal favorite) "WARNING! Skydiving is a highly addictive activity that may result in sudden changes in your behavior and personality! Participants may experience some or all of the irreversible side effects. EXCITEMENT! PLEASURE! EUPHORIA! Additional Side-Effects Include: Sudden urge to spend thousands of dollars on skydiving equipment! Peaked curiosity about turbine powered aircraft and small digital video cameras! Inability to sleep past 7:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings! Frequent cases of daydreaming in the workplace. Loss of interest in routine, boring, weekday activities! Repeated viewing of weather forecasts with frequent uncontrollable outburst of rage towards meteorologists predicting rain, low clouds, or gusty winds! Inability to enjoy any conversation that is not skydiving related! CAUTION! Do not participate in skydiving unless you fully understand the impact of these side effects and are ready to accept full responsibility for your actions! SKYDIVE!"


P.S. I kinda became pornstar too. I can endure whole 55 seconds now! wov! :P;)
dudeist skydiver #42

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(and my personal favorite) "WARNING! Skydiving is a highly addictive activity that may result in sudden changes in your behavior and personality! Participants may experience some or all of the irreversible side effects. EXCITEMENT! PLEASURE! EUPHORIA! Additional Side-Effects Include: Sudden urge to spend thousands of dollars on skydiving equipment! Peaked curiosity about turbine powered aircraft and small digital video cameras! Inability to sleep past 7:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings! Frequent cases of daydreaming in the workplace. Loss of interest in routine, boring, weekday activities! Repeated viewing of weather forecasts with frequent uncontrollable outburst of rage towards meteorologists predicting rain, low clouds, or gusty winds! Inability to enjoy any conversation that is not skydiving related! CAUTION! Do not participate in skydiving unless you fully understand the impact of these side effects and are ready to accept full responsibility for your actions! SKYDIVE!"



NICE dude, nice! That bit about the weatherman made me laugh out loud in my office.

I've learned that I can now sleep (pass out) almost anywhere: be it a concrete hanger floor, a field, the back of my SUV, a chair, or if I'm lucky on top of some random girl. :)

;)
I will be kissing hands and shaking babies all afternoon. Thanks for all your support! *bows*

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Lot of things about skydiving/lifestyle relationship can be found, where else, on skydiving t-shirts:
- My girlfriend said if I jump one more time she was leaving...I'm sure going to miss her!
- Live To Jump, Jump To Live
- (and my personal favorite) "WARNING! Skydiving is a highly addictive activity that may result in sudden changes in your behavior and personality! Participants may experience some or all of the irreversible side effects. EXCITEMENT! PLEASURE! EUPHORIA! Additional Side-Effects Include: Sudden urge to spend thousands of dollars on skydiving equipment! Peaked curiosity about turbine powered aircraft and small digital video cameras! Inability to sleep past 7:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings! Frequent cases of daydreaming in the workplace. Loss of interest in routine, boring, weekday activities! Repeated viewing of weather forecasts with frequent uncontrollable outburst of rage towards meteorologists predicting rain, low clouds, or gusty winds! Inability to enjoy any conversation that is not skydiving related! CAUTION! Do not participate in skydiving unless you fully understand the impact of these side effects and are ready to accept full responsibility for your actions! SKYDIVE!"

I haven't laughed so hard in a while! -thanks. :D:D:D Um, where do I get said t-shirt?...
Dialogue/commentary between Divot, Twardo & myself -

"from your first Oshkosh when the three of us were riding to or from one of

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(and my personal favorite) "WARNING! Skydiving is a highly addictive activity that may result in sudden changes in your behavior and personality! Participants may experience some or all of the irreversible side effects. EXCITEMENT! PLEASURE! EUPHORIA! Additional Side-Effects Include: Sudden urge to spend thousands of dollars on skydiving equipment! Peaked curiosity about turbine powered aircraft and small digital video cameras! Inability to sleep past 7:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings! Frequent cases of daydreaming in the workplace. Loss of interest in routine, boring, weekday activities! Repeated viewing of weather forecasts with frequent uncontrollable outburst of rage towards meteorologists predicting rain, low clouds, or gusty winds! Inability to enjoy any conversation that is not skydiving related! CAUTION! Do not participate in skydiving unless you fully understand the impact of these side effects and are ready to accept full responsibility for your actions! SKYDIVE!"



NICE dude, nice! That bit about the weatherman made me laugh out loud in my office.

I've learned that I can now sleep (pass out) almost anywhere: be it a concrete hanger floor, a field, the back of my SUV, a chair, or if I'm lucky on top of some random girl. :)

;)




:D:D:D I have never laughed so hard at work by 8:30am. this has got to be made into a shirt

nice work guys ;)
(I.C.D#2 VP)
"<3 ..Looks like breasts coming out of an ice cream cone. Mmmm."~John Mitchell
"I'm good with my purple penis straw" ~sky mama

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