I DID IT! I never thought I could, but I did it.
12,000 ft through the air with nothing but my guide and a parachute; the greatest adrenalin rush you can ever imagine and the scariest thing I have ever done so far.
And the evidence...
I've always wanted to do a skydive as the thought of it both terrifies and excites me at the same time. I know how much of a coward I am as I don't even really like theme parks and I get motion sickness on pretty much anything that moves, so as much as I liked the idea I never thought I'd actually pluck up the courage to go through with it.
Thankfully, New Zealand is the perfect place for testing your limits and getting your adrenalin fix, usually for a cheaper price than the UK too.
As I only had one night in Taupo (Skydive central!) I only really had one chance to jump at the cheapest price and with people I had got to know through my Kiwi Experience bus. The weather was perfect, the price was just about affordable and the peer pressure was cranked up to the max! Within two hours of arriving in Taupo I was already at the landing site being zipped up into my fetching jumpsuit and hurried onto the plane we'd soon be plummeting from.
My guide was wonderful. He knew how nervous I was (probably by the tears I was fighting back, oh dear!) and he did everything possible to try and reassure me and calm me down. They did however make me jump FIRST and sit right by the door which was terrifying, but meant I had no real option of bottling it without causing a real hassle for everyone else on my plane (not to mention the shame I'd face!)
The minute we reached 12,000 feet the door was open and that was it, head back, deep breath, freefall. I couldn't even scream I was in so much shock at what had just happened. It felt incredible and indescribable flying through the air so fast, then opening the chute and feeling suddenly so calm watching the beautiful ground beneath me. Minutes later we landed smoothly on our feet and that was it, all over! My only words were: "Can we go again?"