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Go Skydiving (Yes, We know it's terrifying)

Preview: This is how it ends. I did not die. Thankfully. 

Preview: This is how it ends. I did not die. Thankfully. 

First of all, let me state that none of these pictures are mine, they were all taken via GoPro by my instructor (I was too scared/enthralled/overwhelmed to focus on photos). 

Secondly, We did the jump from 18,000 feet, the highest tandem in the world. I am afraid of heights. 

Me, the entire day. 

Me, the entire day. 

Why would somebody that's afraid of heights jump out of an airplane? I always tell myself that it's okay to feel anything and everything, but don't let unnecessary fear dictate your actions. And definitely don't let it stop you from experiencing life to it's fullest. 

And while I can tell you all the reasons why it's 100% worth it, I'm going to go ahead and say it like they do at Skydiving Monterey Bay: Shut Up and Jump.

Me and my instructor, whose name escapes me mainly because I was convinced of my inevitable death that day. 

Me and my instructor, whose name escapes me mainly because I was convinced of my inevitable death that day. 

The first people ahead of us jumping out of the plane. This guy is doing his fourth solo jump, after doing two tandems. He is training to become an instructor. 

The first people ahead of us jumping out of the plane. This guy is doing his fourth solo jump, after doing two tandems. He is training to become an instructor. 

I was shaking on the way up to our jump height, and my lady said something that I won't soon forget: I will forever have taken off in a plane more times than I have landed in one. 

I screamed right after the first people jumped out. 

I screamed right after the first people jumped out. 

I instinctually grabbed the edges of the door as we walked up. She knocked my hands off and out we went. 

At this point, there is no fear. There is no backing down, there is no change of heart. There is only you, your tandem instructor, a parachute you hope to God is packed correctly, and this stunning view of our planet. 

Right after this, we flipped over backwards to look back up at the plane. Yes, that is snot all over my face. 

We plummeted approximately 13,000 feet in the next 90 seconds. 

Monterey Bay is even more gorgeous from the air. Never had I imagined that falling to the earth at inevitable-death-speed would make me appreciate just how stunning human's home really is. 

After what felt like eternity and yet no time at all, we pulled the parachute and had an equally as amazing cruise down. I didn't feel like I was falling hardly at all anymore, and she informed me that we were still loosing altitude at a cool 16-20 feet per second. 

There it was. On the ground again. Beautiful, stable, ground. 

Michael landing shortly after me. 

Michael landing shortly after me. 

The lesson learned here: Be afraid, and do it anyway. 

Don't let fear you've created in your head stop you. 

Don't ever stop pushing your boundaries. 

This was the best birthday present I have ever received, from somebody special who believes in giving Experiences, not Things. I could not have been happier with myself after I jumped out of that plane. 

We went through Skydive Monterey Bay: Click here to go to their website. They were amazing and I highly recommend them!