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For at least a decade I have wanted to go skydiving. My children
always thought I was kidding, and as years passed by so did I. Last
week, when my 21 year old son asked me if I wanted to go skydiving
with him, before I could even stop to think I blurted out YES. He was
dialing the facility in San Diego and booking the dive.

When my husband came home and heard about the plan, I knew that he was
devastated. I knew he would be and I felt guilty, well…just a little
bit. I knew this was safe to do, especially when I’d be strapped to a
trained professional who would guide me each step of the way.

Driving to our destination, I couldn’t decipher if I was worried,
scarred, excited or all of the above. When we got to the parking lot,
all three of us were shocked. The lot was full. “WOW” I guess we were
not the only crazy people out there, and I guess we are we not in a
recession???? Skydiving isn’t cheap, and at $200 dollars a dive, I
just couldn’t believe how many people were gearing up and lining up.
Lucky for me I was assigned to an instructor that made me feel at
ease. He was very calm, and the fact that he was very cute helped
tremendously.

As the plane took off with 23 people aboard, I was still calm. It felt
like the right thing to do, and that was eerie. We were the first to
get on the plane, therefore we would be the last to jump. The plane
was climbing higher and higher into the sky. We were now thirteen
thousand feet in the air. I was getting excited. Then the door of the
plane swung open and the first jumpers started falling off the plane
one by one first, and then the tandems followed. We were freefalling
at 120mph for about a minute. With wind in my face and my mind racing
I couldn’t believe how great it felt. As soon as the parachute
opened, I was enjoying breathtaking views and thinking that I should
do this again.

skydiving women over 40

I know that this thrill isn’t for everyone, but I have to say it was
one of the craziest thing I’ve ever done, and the fact that my son was
flying right next to me made it all that much more special.

I did it, and I would do it again!!!

Yana Berlin Fabulously40.com

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40 Comments to “Episode 3 – Skydiving, is the thing to do….”

  1. Deb Darby says:

    Wow, Yana! Good for you! No, I have no desire, but I really love to fly.

    Love, Deb

  2. Robin Clark says:

    Great job. No I would not like to go skydiving I am to scared of heights and I would probably have a heart attack. LOL Glad that you got to do your dream.

  3. Angela White says:

    Skydiving, not so much. SCUBA diving on the other hand… amazing, awesome, breathtaking!!

  4. Cynthia Schmidt says:

    I’m so proud of you!! Ok, now I have to do it. You know, if share the same birthday, Yana, then I have to also share some of the fun and adventurous stuff you do! From one Aries to another, my friend.

  5. Bea Kunz says:

    You go girl! Something I have always wanted to do.

    You sound charming ~

    Handsome young man beside you too!

    Bea Kunz

  6. LoveOrHateDebate says:

    Scuba sounds like fun, but I’m petrified of dark waters, I guess everyone has their thing……

  7. LoveOrHateDebate says:

    You definitely should girlfriend…you will have a blast, but please let’s not tell Joe about it….I don’t think he’ll like the idea

  8. Linda Biegen says:

    NO way would I do that but I give you so much credit! I HATE to fly, need xanax just to book a flight! Haha! I’m serious. I always get xanax and take it before the flight. When I get to my destination, my prescription is the one thing I put in the safe at the hotel. I wish I were brave but I’m not. Good for you!!!!! Live your dreams!

  9. doreen says:

    Way to go Yana!! Woohoo………..I could never do it! Im deathly afraid of heights. Love your accent :)

  10. Faye says:

    Congratulations Yana. If I ever get the $$$ I may try it someday. I am glad you had a great time, Faye

  11. Yana—I’m impressed! You are an amazing woman! How have you been? I miss talking to you and seeing your chats online. Hope all is well—-obviously it is if you’re jumping out of planes.

  12. linda says:

    you go girl!!!!
    you looked like you were having a blast, and i am happy for you… that is an event you and your son will cherish for the rest of your lives!!!!!!
    LJ

  13. Brenda says:

    Awesome!

    I am excited just reading your article. Continue to conquer all!

  14. Janie says:

    Yana,
    WOW!! I’ve always wanted to jump. Ever more so after reading this.

  15. shiguzman says:

    Good for you Yana!!
    Congrats…

  16. Carine says:

    I’m both proud of you and glad I didn’t know beforehand!!!!

    You are so brave.

  17. vicki says:

    Absolutely fabulous – not for me honey but it’s always great to push the boundry and feel alive and you sure have skydiving

  18. Sally says:

    I had a similar experience except I jumped from a mountain instead of a plane. On one of my trips to Switzerland, paragliding was offered during our stop in Interlaken. When my husband saw the schedule, he chuckled and said… no wya you are doing that! Well, to tell the truth, I really wasn’t planning to do the jump until he said I wouldn’t do it. It was a BLAST! And for those of you afraid to jump from a plane, you lay your chute out behind you and just start a slow jog. The chute lifts into the air and starts to lift you gently off the ground before you are ove the edge of the mountain. Not the EXTREME thrill of jumping from a plane, but the floating sensation and the scenery are really something. And to do it in the ALPS… WOW!

    So, give it a try sometime! I was glad I did.

  19. LoveOrHateDebate says:

    @ Sally, I wanted to go parasailing too, but after the jump, the “hanging” experience on the parachute made me sea sick, so I think I’ll skip.

    Not sure what it means, but often in my dreams I fly, anyone has any ides what that means?

  20. That was a really brave thing to do.

  21. LoveOrHateDebate says:

    Yes, Anne, but it was something I wanted to do for such a long time.

    Are you up for the challenge?

  22. Bernadette says:

    Wow, Yana! That’s great! You’ve got guts. I’m a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and almost a black belt in Karate, but no one will ever get me to go sky diving!

  23. Manisha says:

    Way to go…. I am 30 and went on my first every trek last week. In my list of things to do before I die, Sky Diving is in :)

  24. rUBY says:

    omG, iAM SO SCARED OF HEIGHTS. I can’t believe you did it. Atta girl, Yana.

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