For many, skydiving is a dream – a magical experience to have and strive for, one that is always prominently placed on bucket lists from coast to coast, from old to young. You see, skydiving calls out to the dreamer in us, the wannabe God. The thrill of the air, the complexity of the sky, the heart rush etc. can transform anyone into a superhero. Looking at the land below, how microscopic everything looks, and your own life by comparison seems gargantuan.
Skydiving reveals the world for what it really is – a small place where anyone can be a giant if they put his or her mind to it, if they challenge themselves, put themselves in situations where they can grow and shine. Skydiving is a life-redeeming thing to do, which is probably why so many people put it on their bucket lists.
For the last 60 years, this WAS the case for 91-year-old Carol Denke of Minnesota; it was her, well, dream. With three kids, 10 grandkids and 16 great grandkids, Denke has certainly skydived into the role of a caring matriarch and wanted another thrill. Inspired by her husband’s tales of parachuting in World War II, Denke knew she wanted to try it or, in her words courtesy of this article on Inforum.com, “He always talked about how beautiful it was when the parachute opened and they floated down. I just thought that sounded like something I’d really like to do.”
After her husband passed away, the light went off in her head and heart. Life is too short to pass on your dreams, so Denke alongside her granddaughter arranged for a skydiving trip. Denke LOVED it. “There wasn’t one part of it I didn’t like. Floating over the world everything was so peaceful.” For Denke, skydiving revealed the world for what it really is – a small place where anyone can be a giant if they put his or her mind to it, if they challenge themselves, put themselves in situations where they can grow and shine. Even at 91, you can still grow and shine!
So if you want to cross skydiving off your bucket list and have the world reveal itself to you, contact Virginia Skydiving Center today!
*Image courtesy of Gary nicolson