“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Paulo Coelho’s quote came to mind as I watched skydivers land before me on my last day of being 29.
I was watching the sunset, because we all know that’s what I do, when I saw everyone around me start looking up at the sky. I heard a plane and thought, “Come on now, I know we don’t see these very often, but it’s just a plane.” However, soon I realized the bystanders were watching people JUMP from the plane, something completely worth watching.
I’ve always wanted to skydive and had even had the idea that I’d get married skydiving. The thought behind that was that I’d knock out the two scariest things you can do with one stone. Yet, I saw the opportunity to do something I’ve always dreamed of doing present itself right before my eyes, so it seemed that I might need two stones.
Interested, I walked over to the team as they were packing up their parachutes to inquire about the jump. It turned out they were doing one more jump the following day, which just happened to be my 30th birthday. It would be the last jump of the season, and they only had one spot left. The universe was conspiring…
I took the man’s card while expressing my interest, but didn’t commit. I’m a planner and a person that seeks advice so I had some work to do. My biggest concern was the cost of the jump. It was 300 U.S. dollars, which may not sound like much to you, but when you only make 220 dollars a month you don’t really budget in jumping out of planes. On top of that, the only money I had brought down to Kombo was the money I planned on taking to Cape Verde. If I jumped I would be cutting my budget for the trip in half.
I first consulted my travel/30th birthday buddy, Joanna. She gave me the green light without any hesitation and said we would make things work in Cape Verde. Next, I went to the fam. My brother was online and reminded me of the role money should play in one’s life. I had 2 yes’s. Now, for the parents… My dad was once an airborne ranger in the U.S. Army so after questioning me on where I’d be landing his advice was simply, “Be loose,” meaning if you land in the water instead of the beach don’t freak out. Check. 3 yes’s.
My mom had talked me out of skydiving once already, so I was worried what her reaction would be. When I informed her of my plans, her initial response was to appeal to my money conscious side. When she saw that wasn’t working, she seemed to give in with an, “I’m nervous,” and offered me over to God. I left her with the comfort that I’d sleep on it, but unfortunately for her nerves my desire only grew through the night.
I woke up and called the man running the show to see if the spot was still open. The universe was still conspiring. The spot was waiting for me.
The story continues. I nearly missed my opportunity to skydive because of a hair appointment gone wrong. My friend, Laura, showed up like an angel sent from heaven right as I realized my hair had been bleached white and was falling out. She then sat with me, missing her appointment, while the hairdresser turned my locks grey in an attempt to fix them. Time was becoming a problem and I was becoming frustrated. Laura, obviously given to me by the universe, helped me remember it’s just hair. I decided to forgo the cut I had paid for until I returned from my vacation, and made my way to the locker room to put on my pajamas to go skydiving. Since the universe had set this up, I was slightly unprepared.
I’d love to go on to tell you about the jump, but it’s really something you’ve got to experience for yourself. My words won’t do it justice. May the universe be with you.
|Signing my life insurance over to my mother|
|John, my jumping buddy|
|Laura, my angel|