"On 3 We Leap”


When recently talking to one of my high school friends/fellow blogger about things 20 somethings should do before they’re 30, one of the first things that came to mind was skydiving!

How many people have skydiving on their bucket list? TONS. Now how many people have actually done it? Not sure, but I’m one of them.

I’ve lost quite a few people in my life and since high school I have promised myself that I will develop a bucket list and go at it full speed without compromise. It’s no surprise that skydiving was on that list and I decided to tackle that goal for my 22nd birthday.

Most people said I was crazy and I can’t tell you how many times I heard, “black people don’t jump out of planes.” Truth is, I didn’t care. I wanted to be bold and do something absolutely terrifying to “wake me up.”

So here I was Summer of 2010 driving to SkydiveCarolina with my best friend to jump out of a plane.

As we sat through the required class, in anticipation of the jump there were tons of emotions starting to ignite. Fear, nervousness, and excitement were just a few.

Before I knew it, class was up and we were taking a small jet up 14,000 ft in the sky. I was first to jump. My instructor said “cross your arms and on three we leap.” I looked down, closed my eyes and took a deep breath.

I’m pretty sure I held that breath for good part of the beginning of my jump. We free fell going 120mph for 90sec. And then I exhaled. The feeling was near orgasmic. Literally just letting myself go, looking down and not believing that I actually went through with it. I jumped.

Before I knew it he pulled the parachute where our free fall was countered, we shot back up in the air and we just glided. We then talked and took in the beauty that God created and he even let me steer the chute.

At the conclusion of my jump we landed safely on the ground and from that moment forward my life has forever been changed.


Whenever I’m afraid of giving a presentation or traveling to a new place I think “if I could jump out of a plane I can do this. I’m invincible.” In those scary moments I just remember “cross your arms on three we leap.” #JustBecauseItsTuesday

Be awesomely amazing,

xo Vanessa Michele

This post was first published on UrbanGyal.com.

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