Writing 101 – A Room with a View

Slowly walking to the aircraft, weighted down by my parachute. Thoughts are racing through my mind. Is this real, am I really going to do this – again?

I stop, turn and take one last look at the safety of the departure lounge. Shaking my head at the madness to follow, I turn and board the light aircraft. The interior of the aircraft is but a husk of its former glory.

All the seating and decor have been stripped out to make it lighter. Instead it is packed with sky divers seated on the floor next to each other, all speaking very loudly and excitedly. We are all aware of the danger, but the adrenaline rush of the jump is awesome.

As is custom, there are no doors on the plane and nothing is placed across the gaping hole to prevent anyone from falling out. Who wants a door on a plane when the intention is to jump out of it at heights of over 6000 feet?

The ascent to 6000 feet takes over 15 minutes to complete but once there the fun really begins. At this hight the aircraft hangar looks the size of a match box and the runway is reduced to a small smudge in the sand. The phrase ” Space, the final frontier.” was made famous by Star Trek. Who needs Star Trek? Space can and is found at 6000 feet.

There I was yet again exiting an aircraft with the most intense adrenaline rush you can imagine and my only safety-net being a parachute strapped to my back. This is my room. It is quiet up here and strangely peaceful. There are no distractions from cell phones or any other electronic device.

This is the only time you get to experience the  amazing feeling of flight.  From up here the earth is beautiful and the air is crisp and very cold. All too soon gravity reminds me that it is time to deploy my parachute, ending my visit to my room.

Even while I sit and write this article I can mentally put myself back up there and the warm weightless sensation returns.

  1. I liked it a lot. I think it answered the topic of the day but like others would like to see one about the time between exit and touch down.

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  2. It is a very powerful posts because this experience is adventurous, risky, and very courageous. You started very well and took me through your exciting journey, with excellent description of the event and the environment around you. Kudos. What I would have liked to see there is the narrative about the real jump. That would have been the icing on the cake.
    Well done.


    • ryandan said:

      Hi Luciledegodoy
      Thank you for your constructive critique. I will add more details about the actual jump in a later post.


  3. I like this piece. I would however like more description of what happens once you exit the plane. What do you think about? How does the wind feel? Do you feel like you are falling? How much control do you have in the time between exiting the plane and pulling the cord?

    I’ve not yet been skydiving and I am interested in the idea of being un-tethered from the world in so many ways and how that creates space.


    • ryandan said:

      Hello DadGoesRound
      I should have spent more time with this post. I will add the missing details into another post. Trust me, the time in free-fall before the parachute opens is stunning.


  4. This was structured really well and very descriptive. I actually felt myself becoming slightly anxious as I read it, due to my extreme fear of heights. Great job!

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    • ryandan said:

      Hi Solitarypaganwich

      Thanks for your feedback about the structure of my post. I really appreciate it.

      A fear of heights is one of the main reasons that a lot of people go sky-diving in the first place. Add a touch of madness and you are all set.

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  5. I thought the structure was fine, it read really well, didn’t jump about, it was easy to read and powerful too. I actually got goosebumps – I would love to jump out of an airplane – I just don’t know if I am brave enough to take the plunge.


    • ryandan said:

      Hello sailingpenguin

      Thanks for your positive feedback on the structure of my post. I still have a lot to learn.

      Liked by 1 person

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