I am a true believer in taking charge of ones own life. If you are not happy about your life, you are the only person who can make it better. There is no use in blaming anyone else! The last three years of my life have been tough for me, because I have not been true to myself. I stopped base jumping when I had kids, and I also decided to stop skydiving due to lack of time and energy. Well, it didn’t take me long to realize that I missed flying. People suggested other hobbies to me, I even bought a motorbike to try and compensate! But the truth is I love flying, and I have done so all my life. So why try to change it?
Yes, my life situation is different now, I have two kids and more responsibility, but if you want something you can make it happen. You just have to adjust things a bit. I have limited time for myself, so tunnel flying is perfect. Compared to skydiving you can do a lot of flying in little time. And it is such an incredible feeling to fly around inside this round cylinder shaped glass cabinet. You can move around in all kinds of positions, and the reference of the walls around you give you a great visualization of flying which is more difficult to get when you jump from an airplane and only have air around you.
I met a very inspiring girl at the tunnel camp this weekend. She is a living example of taking charge of her own life! She left a job she was not happy with, left a life that was restricting her, for a life where she herself sets the rules! She flies in the tunnel and skydives, and in addition to this she tries as may new extreme sports as possible. And she loves traveling. Tatiana, meeting people like you always make me very happy. It is great to see that you make it happen!
I love this post… One of my exes always has excuses why she doesn’t meet people or enjoy life much, and I keep thinking, “Just get it in your schedule!” Being miserable and bored is really only the fault of one person.
Thanks:-) Yes, there is absolutely no use in blaming anybody else for your misery:-) No wonder she is an ex:-)
She also loved alcohol more than my son and I. I like your blog. Keep livin’ a big life and being an admirable Mama.
I’m happy that you were able to find your passion again after dealing with everything else. It might not be sky diving or base jumping, but everybody needs to fly and be able to enjoy it. Unfortunately, my passion isn’t sky diving so I won’t be jumping out of an airplane anytime soon 🙂
We all need a passion:-) What’s yours?????
I just love writing and expressing myself. Its liberating just like it is for you when you are base jumping or skydiving. Happy I found your blog 🙂
I am also very happy I found your blog 🙂 My name is Hana and I am Antulio’s wife. I have been reading your posts for a while and I have to say that I feel very reflected on your posts.
Two years ago I had an accident while base jumping in El Peñon de Ifach and I got pregnant just a month and a half after that accident. I had lots of time to think about how lucky I was to be still alive and I knew that, being a mom, I could never base jump again.
In the beginning, the thought of not base-jumping, snowboarding, skydiving or scuba-diving was really hard to swallow but, eventually, I got really busy with the baby and my business so I didn’t have time to think about it.
Now the baby is 15 months old and my foot still not 100% recovered. My life has changed a lot and I spend most of my time taking care of the baby and working. I thought I could go on like this forever BUT lately, I started missing skydiving too…and I had been making up so many excuses since then!!
But last saturday, I took charge, I squashed all the excuses, overcame a whole bunch of fear and I went to the dropzone and did it 🙂 Two incredible jumps with Antulio. Two jumps that connected me with that other part of me that had been so quiet for the last couple of years. It felt sooooo good!! And I know that I won’t be jumping nearly as much as before -not much energy and time either!! :)- but I am glad I could light that fire within me again.
The thing is that I really admire you. You were such an experienced and active base jumper when you had your first baby that I can only imagine how difficult must have been for you to quit it, taking also into account the fact that you live in Norway and have so many basejumper friends!!! The ability to reinvent yourself and adapt your life to this new situation says a lot about you, Anniken. Thank you so much for sharing you thoughts and a bit of this new life of yours, it is truly inspiring.
I am really sorry for this long comment, but I felt like I needed to tell you!!
Un fuerte abrazo desde Madrid!
Hana:-) thank you so much for your comment! I appreciate you taking time to share your thoughts with me, and I can really understand how you are feeling:-) I remember your accident and what you wrote about it. I remember it well, because for me it was just another proof that I had taken the right decision to quit. I really want my children to grow up with a mom:-)
It wasn’t to hard for me to quit base jumping because I had done it for a long time and was satisfied in a way. As you say I reinvent myself, I do a lot of things (more and more now as I am done with breast feeding and can get out more) to try and compensate and it is fun. I enjoy my life, I really do, but there is no other thing that can give me that extreme feeling that base jumping gave me, and I miss that feeling. I think I miss it more than the actual jump:-)
I am so glad you got to skydive and enjoyed it! One thing is for sure, you do appreciate it more when you don’t get our to often:-) But remember, a happy mom makes happy children:-)
Hope we can stay in touch and share some experiences:-)