As we jump into 2015 with lifted spirits, high hopes and a bit of a headache from one too many beers last night, it’s important that we look back on the year that has come and gone. As I watched some fireworks from a beach, under the stars… I thought about everything 2014 threw at me, so here’s my year in summary.
14 000. The number of feet I fell through the sky after jumping out of a plane.
1000. Number of drinks had in Prague before getting alcohol poisoning. OK so it wasn’t 1000 but it sure felt like it.
59. The number of countries A Worldly Addiction has been viewed in! Thank you to each and every one of you!
20. Number of years I’ve been lucky enough to be on this Earth.
18. Number of years I’ve had my sister around.
10. Number of months I lived in Wollongong
9. Number of the house on Clarendon Road I had to say goodbye to
8. Number of times I went exploring in Sydney
4. The hours of sunlight in one winters day in Iceland.
3. Number of concerts attended. Violent Soho, The 1975 and BASTILLE
1. My one and only family that is AMAZING!
But the most special thing of all, are all the incredible friendships I’ve made and kept. So thank you to all of you for making 2014 such an awesome year!
The UOW Skydiving Club held their 4th tandem event yesterday (19th November 2014) at Sydney Skydivers Picton dropzone. There were 7 nervous yet eager students from across the globe, ready to face their fears, conquer new heights and experience the rush of free falling. We left Northfields Avenue at the University of Wollongong at 10am and arrived at the dropzone by 10:30. Luckily, there weren’t many other people at the dropzone so things moved very quickly and efficiently. After filling out all required documentation, the group was suiting up, getting their photos taken and jumping on the plane.
Charles (the president of the UOW Skydiving Club) and I prepared the complimentary BBQ whilst staring up at the sky in search of our group. Soon enough, brightly coloured parachutes were popping through the clouds. Their smiles reached from ear to ear! Two students even went again straight afterwards! Talk about an adrenaline rush!
We returned to the University of Wollongong at approximately 1:30pm, but I think the silence coming from the back of the bus said that these courageous students had had enough excitement for one day!
The worst thing about skydiving is coming down from an adrenaline high. And once you’ve completely crashed and falling asleep in the car on the way back home, you remember the thrill of falling from a plane and plummeting to the earth, and you get the urge to do it again.
However, that’s the only downside. The best part of it is easily when your legs are dangling outside the plane and you realize it’s too late to go back. That moment where your Dad screaming in the background fades away and everything else in the world disappears. You rock back and forth and then you’re falling through the air with the world screaming up at you.
That! That moment is where time stops. And it’s that moment which is the absolute high of skydiving.
The UOW Skydiving Club had our 3rd Tandem event today (1st October) and 11 people attended (including myself and my Dad). Strong winds caused long delays however we had our delicious BBQ and lazed around in the sun.
Today was a special event for me. I was supposed to go skydiving for my 17th birthday, however I ended up using that money towards my Euro-trip. Also, my Dad was meant to go skydiving 20 years ago for his 30th… so I can say this event was long overdue for both of us.
When the wind had finally settled down and we were called up…we (as Barney Stinson would say) suited up! And I can say that I don’t think skydiving jumpsuits were designed for attractiveness or hips. I now have a whole new appreciation for how ABBA pulled off their costumes.
Then I was partnered up with a jumper, strapped up in my harness, took some photos and were off to the plane! As the plane took off and we started climbing, my heart started racing and I realized exactly what I was about to do!
Which brings us to here. Legs dangling from the airplane, the world literally at your feet and then free falling. I had such a great day with my family and friends and I am thankful for Sydney Skydivers and the awesome experience I have to be apart of the UOW Skydiving Club!
On Friday the 12th of September, the UOW Skydiving Club held their second tandem skydiving event, with six brave individuals taking on the challenge. We met at 9:30am at Northfields Avenue where the Sydney Skydivers bus picked us up. Once we clarified numbers we were on our way. We chatted with students from across the globe, all with a nervous yet excited smile across their faces.
After filling out a few forms, the student were quickly suited up in the ever so glamorous jumpsuits! The boys jumped first with the rest of us searching up in the sky to see their parachutes emerge from the clouds.
Whilst visibility was quite low due to cloud coverage, they got to experience the wonder of falling through clouds. High above the clouds, they jumped from the plane, the sun shining and wind rushing up against their screaming faces, falling into what looks like an ocean of clouds. According to the UOW Skydiving Club’s President who has completed over 140 single jumps says ‘It’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.’
Once all the students were back down to earth, exchanging stories about flying through the clouds, we had a wonderful BBQ, included as part of the UOW Skydiving Club experience.
After we filled our stomaches, our cheeks hurt from laughing and smiling, and we were coming down from the adrenaline rush, we were back on the bus and headed back to the university. It was a great day for everyone involved.