SAY 'YES' MORE
A PHOTOSHOOT TO 'LIGHT UP OUR CHRISTMAS'
THIS YEAR, I DECIDED TO QUITE LITERALLY TURN CHRISTMAS ON ITS HEAD AND CELEBRATE THE FESTIVE PERIOD DOWN UNDER, IN AUSTRALIA; LEAVING THE WINTER WARMERS IN LIVERPOOL AND SWAPPING THE PIGS IN BLANKETS FOR SHRIMPS ON THE BARBIE.
The plan was to unwind, down the proverbial tools and embrace all that the West Coast of Australia had to offer.
Before I arrived in Australia I had tentatively agreed to a skydive. Hurling yourself out a plane travelling at 14,000ft didn’t sound that appealing to me at first. However, I went along with it, making an effort to step outside of that comfort zone.
After a few days travelling and totally ignoring the pending jump; the day finally arrived, and reality kicked in. I’ll be the first to admit, I was regretting my decision a little.
After being briefed, we boarded a rickety looking plane and began our journey into the clouds. At 7,000 feet, my diving instructor said, “Right mate, there’s only one way you're getting out of this plane; and it’s jumping out of that door”, just to calm the nerves. At 14,000 feet, we were ready to jump.
We shuffled to the edge of the plane, with literally every sensation rushing through your body. Before I knew it, we jumped, plummeting at 120+mph in total free fall, 100% airborne. Full of adrenaline, I was overwhelmed with so many different emotions. With my face flapping like a plastic bag in the wind, I was having possibly one of the best experiences of my life. It was a feeling like no other.
Once the parachute had been deployed it was a chance to really drink in the views, seeing the West Coast of Australia in all it’s glory. Viewing the world from that height, really gives you a unique perspective, it was pretty priceless.
Just like that it was over, done and dusted, box ticked. I’d just lobbed myself out of an aircraft and it felt great.
Agreeing to do the skydive has, in some what, helped shape a new outlook. By simply saying ‘YES’ and agreeing to try something new can help encourage a positive mindset and really spike your mojo. It can aid our growth, and could even open doors to new adventures or experiences.
Yes is a tiny word, that can achieve big things. It’s a little reminder that we are always capable of more.
So, here’s to saying yes to stepping outside of that comfort zone, yes to learning more, yes to to more pizza, yes to Australian summer solaces and, most definitely yes, to jumping out of more planes.