I had wanted to go skydiving for the longest time. The reason I hadn’t was because I was “waiting for some of my friends to go with me.” In reality, I hadn’t gone because I was afraid.

I turned 25 last year. I was now closer to 30 than I was to 20 and not getting any younger. I realized that if I didn’t start checking some things off of my to-do list, “someday” would never come around and I would miss out on some of the greatest things life has to offer.

Two weeks before my birthday I called up the nearest skydiving place, booked my jump, and proceeded to lose sleep every night until the day finally arrived. I was NERVOUS. I am terrified of heights AND I have a fear of falling. Making the jump would help me to get over both at once.

“If something is going to keep you awake at night, let it be the fear of not following your dream. Be afraid of settling.” — Chris Guillebeau in The Happiness of Pursuit

Jumping out of a perfectly good airplane may not be your thing, and for good reason! But whatever it is that you’ve been putting off, what’s the reason behind putting it off? It could be any number of things, but if one of them is because of fear — push through that fear!

Because you know what lies on the other side of fear?

Possibly the greatest damn days of your life.

Just entering the jump zone.
I thought the solo jumper made this picture awesome. 
Airport and runway in the background.
photo cred: Jarrod Smith
photo cred: Jarrod Smith