I saw this quote this morning and for some reason thought about my skydiving days. I've been wanting to begin jumping again simply because I love the feeling, but I've talked myself out of it due to reasons I make up in my head...shadow beliefs about time, money and relationships which I will not dive into here.
So, I searched on my computer for the only video I still have of me jumping. This was shot by someone back in the early 2000's, who I cannot remember although I could check my logbook, out of Bay Area Skydiving in Byron, California which was my home DZ from 1998-2004. I moved to North Carolina in 2004 and only jumped a few times after that.
Watching this and remembering the quote, is a metaphor for where I am in life right now. A couple of weeks ago, I quit my regular-check-safe-secure-job at Home Depot and have struck out on my own path. Thus, the creation of a Leap of Faith...a Jump into the unknown and a knowing my parachute will open because I packed it with a focus on loving life.
Yes, we make errors at times. I have. Including not properly focusing on my pack jobs. In my over 500 skydives, I have had 5 partial malfunctions ending in reserve parachute openings...all of which were obviously successful since I am posting this video.
I firmly believe we must take these risks as humans in order to fulfill our Life Purpose upon this tiny planet we all share while here. We must take these Leaps of Faith from time to time.
Last October, I was asked to speak at a Young President's Organization (YPO/WPO) event in Bermuda. The YPO asked me to write a bio for myself which they published in the event agenda booklet for the conference entitled, "Discover the Lost Treasures of Bermuda: A Voyage to the Past, Present & Future." Within my bio, I wrote:
I've quit my regular job, laid a strong foundation for a new beginning and taking a leap of Faith into the unknown.
I am on an adventure. I am walking my talk.