When I was 15 years old I got to witness my brother and sister go skydiving. I thought it was so awesome! And of course, I wanted to be just like my older siblings so I added going skydiving to my dream list! On my 18th birthday, my brother and sister helped me accomplish that dream as we all went skydiving together.
|Billy skydiving on his 18th Birthday.|
The most interesting thing about me going skydiving is that I have always had a fear of heights. But I also have always loved facing my fears and doing things that might not be comfortable. Skydiving definitely made me uncomfortable. I remember shaking I was so scared. I remember the walk to the airplane and I remember taking off. At about 2000 feet I said to my sister, “are we about ready to jump?” She informed me we had about 10,000 more feet to go! There was no going back for me. We got to 12,000 feet and I said to myself a phrase that has always been my personal motto: “Go For It!” And I did! I jumped and it was exhilarating. The free-fall was the best part. The parachute opened and it was smooth sailing from there. I had accomplished something on my dream list. After that, I decided I probably would not do that again.
|Billy Moyer and Amber Fogarty after skydiving!|
Fast forward eight years or so to this past Saturday when once again my sister and I took the plunge and went skydiving. I really don’t know why I felt the urge to do it again, but I think really it was about again testing my limits. Life has changed a lot for me since 18 and I think that is what made me want to do it.
The lead up to the jump was not scary at all like it was the first time. The plane ride was fine. But before we jumped, I still had to tell myself to “Go For It!” And once again, I went for it and the jump was awesome. I am not sure I will ever do it again because it still is something scary for me, but I also know that there is nothing that I cannot do. I am not afraid!
What are you afraid of? Make a commitment today to face that fear and “Go For It!” Life is short and we should not waste it in fear. We should always try new things and test our limits. That is how we become the best versions of ourselves. You do not have to jump out of an airplane to face your fear. You could simply try a new food. Travel to a new place. Make a new friend. Just do something that gets you out of your comfort zone. If you do what you have always done, you will be who you have always been. But if you change. If you get out of your comfort zone, you can become spectacular!
Whatever new or scary thing you want to try I encourage you to Go For It! I hope you will develop your own dream list with all the things you want to do in your life no matter how realistic those things are. If you do not have dreams, you do not have anything. Now is the time to dream big, to try something new, to become the best version of yourself! Now is the time to “Go For It!”