big relevation I had from jumping out of a plane was that
I am, indeed too hard on myself.
yet, I would still assert: perhaps I am not too hard on myself
— perhaps everyone else is too easy on themselves.
friends have said I'm too self-critical. I still don't know
if I believe it though. I think it's truer that I'm just generally
a pretty critical person. Harsh of everyone. Somehow I can
maintain a balance of thinking the worst of people and the
best of people simultaneously.
realise I should delight in my parachuting accomplishment
- jumping out of a plane on cue. However, I'm still critical
of forgetting what I was supposed to do: arch, count.
I knew precisely how to address a minor malfunction ... indeed,
a minor parachute malfunction at 3,500 feet and I kept my
wits about me! I should be very proud. But had I arched I
likely would not have had line twists.
in case I'd forgotten, they talked me through it on the radio
I fought the wind for position in the doorway, I had actually
accepted "Yep... this is it. If I'm gonna die jumping
out of a plane, so be it."
wasn't to be death by parachute malfunction, and in some small
way I'm a little surprised.
a lot of "shoulds" in my small-minded hypocritical
little world. I should have accomplished more by now. Yet
I also think I expected to be dead by now. Perhaps if I'd
taken more risks I would be more accomplished, yet less breathing.
has been my sherpa. Caution with my body, my money, my career.
I'm pretty darn self-protective. It's served me adequately.
I've stayed reasonably alive, but have surely sacrificed some
highs and lows.
this cautious approach to life, I'm sure I would be disease-riddled,
lame, destitute, and unemployed (or possibly self-employed
in the sex trade).
there are trade offs.
I know who have lived life less cautiously may have been incarcerated,
hospitalized, fired multiple times and penniless. But they
have better travel pictures.
hypercritical estimation of those who are less cautious, who
aren't following the shoulds, who aren't flossing or buckling
up or saving for retirement: they're making the world a worse
place for all of us.
I don't floss regularly. And yes, I feel guilty because it
makes a world a worse place. Because don't floss, I end up
getting more cavities, so I miss work, cost the company benefits
plan more... rates go up for everyone. I drive more to the
dentist, resulting in more pollution. All because I wasn't
willing to take a moment for oral hygene.
This kind of flagrant disregard for the rules is making everyone's
life harder... including my own. It's causing heartache and
pain for those of us who are cautious.
love to grab everyone in the world and give them one big shake
and say "What the hell are you thinking? Can't you signal
your turns? Can't you wash out your containers for recycling?"
I'm sure the world would like to give me a shake and say "It's
not the end of the world if you press the wrong button in