Reflections and connections

By Sequoia Schmidt

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Why does someone want to learn how to jump out of airplanes?

What generates and motivates this desire to be one with the skies no matter what the danger?

I’m not quite sure how to answer these questions since I suspect everyone has a different reason.

My own interest was sparked when I was about eleven years old. We were back home on the North Island of New Zealand.

In an attempt to encourage my adventurous nature, my father took me on a tandem bungee jump just outside of Lake Taupo. I distinctly remember standing on the edge of the 30 meter (90 feet) bridge that towered over the Taupo River. A large lump filled my throat, and my mind was buzzing from all the pinging thoughts and feelings you get right before you are about to do something a little bit crazy.…