You may have heard that New Zealand is the world capital of extreme sports. It was inevitable that some adrenaline packed activities could be on the cards. The question is would I be ready for such activities, would I have the balls?
Taupo is where shit got real. The weather was glorious, not a cloud in the sky. Perfect for a skydive (say what)? The whole drive there I was in complete turmoil, to skydive or not to skydive. My stomach was in bits.
Maybe I would regret it if I didn’t. But I didn’t know if I had the guts to go through with it (
I’m a pussy). I don’t like rides, I don’t like flying, I like to keep myself safe and out of harm’s way. I’ve never even been on a roller-coaster. Could this roller-coaster virgin really throw herself out of a plane? I think not.
After going back and forth, “I’m doing it”, then a few moments later “I’m bloody not, do I look stupid”. It was finally decided by my ‘lovely caring’ girlfriend (who obviously wants me dead). I was actually doing it; my name was on the list. There was nothing I could do about it now… or could I?
1. (stative) be fearless, unconcerned, unafraid, courageous, daring, intrepid, plucky, undaunted, valiant.
Once it was decided I actually calmed down. Maybe choosing whether to do it or not was the scariest part, the rest will be a breeze. Probably not.
A limo came and picked everyone up to take us to Skydive Taopo. We watched a mandatory safety DVD and then it was time to put my life into a strangers hands. My stranger seemed really nice, I think this helped a lot; he really put me at ease. You put all the gear on; you’re pulled and prodded to make sure everything is on tight enough. Then, you hop onto a bright pink plane. I was last in, which must mean I’m first out?
I’m not a huge fan of flying so I wasn’t sure how I was going to react in such a tiny plane. Maybe the beautiful scenery helped, but I was better than I thought I would be. However, I couldn’t feel my stranger strapped onto me yet so I had an irresistible urge to ask, just to make sure, “Are we strapped together yet?” he replied with a chuckle, “Don’t worry we will be when we leave the plane”. OH good because there was me thinking you’d forgotten.
The plane ascends higher and I’m actually quite calm considering the circumstances. Suddenly it’s time for the inevitable to take place (my death?). It’s time to fling myself out of this brightly coloured plane, I hope I survive, my mother would be devastated. My stranger slides open the door (the door where we all plunge to our death?), a gush of freezing cold wind whizzes around the plane. He swings my legs around and now they’re dangling out under the plane. Before you even have the chance to think, to regret this potentially catastrophic life choice, to comprehend what you’re doing… YOU’RE GONE.
At first you are tumbling through the air, belly doing somersaults. I wasn’t sure what to make of it. Quickly enough everything is straightened out and you’re flying through the sky, zooming to the ground. I could see the ground headed towards me. How could this be real? Then, the adrenaline starts to kick in and it actually begins to feel like the best thing in the world. The feeling can’t be described, a mix of fear, excitement, achievement and just plain bewilderment.
The parachute opens and your belly flops. A course of emotion washes over you as you realize what you’ve just done. You realize you actually survived, you’re not dead yet. You will live another day. The beautiful scenery doesn’t help matters either, I secretly needed to cry, but I held it together. Taking everything in you watch the beautiful surroundings, Lake Taupo looks humongous from up there, an extraordinary site. You glide down gracefully to towards the ground.
I lift my knees up as instructed; I assume due to my small stature I wouldn’t be able to touch the ground while strapped onto my stranger. We glide down to a halt; I put my feet down feeling for the earth below. My feet touch the ground and I’m safe. After the whole ordeal, I feel an overwhelming urge to thank my stranger excessively. I’m just so happy that he didn’t kill me; I’m in love with him forever. Forever indebted to a stranger.
I wait for Beth, there’s no doubt that she will survive too, she’s hard as nails and it was her idea in the first place. I see her gliding through the air, descending to the ground. She has a huge smile on her face. As she makes her way over to me she was unsure if I loved it or not, I instantly reassure her she didn’t just put me through my worst nightmare and tell her “I absolutely loved it, I can’t believe it. It was so surreal”. She’s ecstatic; we both just had one of the most unforgettable experiences together.