Daniel Fields

Before heading to Athens to start my college career at the University of Georgia, my parents decided to take my sister and me on a family trip to Hawaii to relax and see some of our relatives that live there. When we landed in Honolulu after a terribly long flight, my aunt was there to pick us up. On the car ride to Pearl Harbor, my aunt told us about all the plans that she had planned for us to do while in Hawaii. The next day we went to pick my cousins up from camp and on the way back we passed a runway where we could skydive. As we passed it, I thought about how much I would love to skydive and told my aunt. She pulled right into the airfield disregarding my mom's request to keep driving. After signing a form that stated I could be killed, I suited up and learned what I needed to know in order to have a successful jump. My dad and my uncle, who is a Seal diver, decided to take the ultimate leap of faith with me. Within twenty minutes, we were boarding the prop plane that would have to climb to 14,000 ft. before we were able to jump. Once we were at 14,000 ft., the pilot flipped on the green light, and it was time to jump. My dad and his guide were the first to go. Eventually it was my turn to jump out of the plane flying 14,000 ft. above the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii. My heart has never beat so fast in my life as when I was looking out the door of that plane with the wind in my face. The guide I was attached to tapped my leg signaling it was go time. Once out the window, my stomach seemed to fall out as we free fell for about 20 or so seconds. Once through the clouds, we deployed our chutes and floated safely to the ground.

Jumping out of that plane signified my taking a leap of faith and moving off to college to become the man I wanted to be. Since I have been at the University of Georgia, I have come to realize that there are so many opportunities at my finger tips. More times than not, my fear of failure holds me back from seizing opportunities that present themselves. In order to seize these opportunities, I have come to understand that I must take a leap of faith similar to the one I took 14,000 ft. above the ground. The lesson that I learned from skydiving in Hawaii is that before someone can grow and find success and purpose in life, one must take chances and actually experience life.