Pretty in Pink

By Sequoia Schmidt

Flying does not come naturally to me. Believe it or not, flying does come naturally to a few people, I’m just not one of them.

Failing level 2 of my AFF (Accelerated Free Fall Program) was an important lesson for me on my journey of “learning to fly.” Since I failed the second level, I had to spend more time training in the tunnel and preparing myself mentally for each jump. Rather than carelessly throwing my body out of the plane, as I did in jump 2;   I was re-directed to focus and visualize specifically about each skydive, before I exited the plane. Continual repetitions of “presenting myself to the wind”  were required instead of simply jumping out of the aircraft.

It has been two weeks since my last jump, so I want to ensure that my mind remembers free fall. …