Tuesday, May 20, 2008

If He Can Do It ...

I vividly remember a dream I had as a child in which I was flying. Flying like a bird. No aircraft, nothing artificial. Just flying over my neighbourhood. Swooping and turning as the mood struck me.

It was the most amazing, overwhelming feeling and it stayed with me when I woke up. And although I can't recreate that feeling now, I can certainly remember how incredible it felt.

Ever since then, I've had this urge to fly like a bird. Hence, my interest in skydiving. Although I realize that won't give me the closest thing to the feeling of flying, it's something I really want to do. And then I plan to move on.

And I figure if a 71 year old can do it, so can I.

I must say, his words do resonate with me:
I started dreaming about flying when I was a kid," the 71-year-old resident of Peterborough, Ont., said Sunday as he prepared his hang-glider for flight. "My first flight was me running off my porch under an umbrella.

"I’ve been flying for more than 40 years. I joined air cadets, got my pilot’s licence as soon as I could afford it, but I didn’t find my true passion until I flew my first hang-glider. Flying one of these gives you a real, true sense of what flying is really all about."

And to think that it's all so close to home.

Yep, first skydiving. Then hang-gliding. I can't help it. I just have this urge to fly, fly, fly.


Anonymous said...

Dayum,Ya'll are expensive up there.

It only costs 140.00 in Texas.

When are you going to Jump?


MMC said...

Late summer or early fall is my plan. Actually, probably this fall, since that's my favourite time of year. Seems appropriate, somehow.