I've discovered a new passion of mine!
Ever dreamt of flying?
I still keep imagining what would happen if I took a few steps forward, kept running and while jumping... I'd naturally fly! That feeling usually happens when lucid dreaming!
And... that's how it feels with paragliding!I have always dreamt of flying, ever since I was a child.
I've wanted to become a pilot for my career, however it's a long-time crushed dream due to that I've became a transhuman (in that case, I'm unable to detect the sounds transmitted through electric/frenquency equipment such like a radio). It won't happen during THAT my life. I keep thinking if that won't happen during this life, I can hope for in my another life, eh?
However, my strong determination and will of achieving the "impossible" and breaking the barriers... and thanks to faith of a group of wonderful people I've met, believed strongly that I can do it. Everything is possible. Radek, a guy from TV industry, he owns programs about how things work (Discovery Science thing), with his scientific mind asked me "Can you train your sound perception?"
That question was more than just statement.
That was rather a message to change the way of thinking. It has motivated me to think deeper on the solutions, how we can change the situation beyond "logical facts" and ask many more questions until I'll reach the source. And more importantly, I've decided to try doing it. Experimenting. Did a list of solutions what can I do and try all of them.
It's like, I bet you've heard many stories about doctors telling the patients "you have problems with your xxx health? You can't do it! You need to sit at home and limit your activities" and yet, patients did the opposite- and that has healed their health issues. Living with fully active lifestyle. It's the same with my Dingo's story, where he was told to be paralyzed and now, he is fully living with his active life.
Unfortunately the most of us, are trained to think in narrowed way as doctors.
I believe that most of answers WILL appear in front of us while we are doing something, trying, than logically answering questions based on our knowledge which we have experienced so far.
He suggested me to try... paragliding. Still it requires qualifications as aviation pilot since you need to communicate through radio, but that type of aviation is more "natural" since I am an outdoor type person.
My experienced instructor, Witek, accepted that "challenge" to teach me at his school. Despite that, he kept thinking in rational way "well, she can't fly! I won't have connection with her!"
... at the end, I've flew like a "Queen of Dragons".
That scene has reminded a lot of if I were Daenerys Targaryen (at moment of struggling with her failures) being supported by Tyrion Lannister (my "advisor" who kept asking those questions) and Jorah Mormont (who supported me).
I did that impossible thing.
That was my biggest achievement. Not because I can fly, but I've overcame the barrier where everybody told me "I can't".
Of course that's not over. Second part of journey will come ahead- and I'd like to share how&what exactly I've did to overcome the barriers. I hope my little story could be inspiring for others who can't do things because they were told by society or have limitations.
Meanwhile, we were working a filming project - a tutorial for beginners about Paragliding. I am hoping it will be released in next month on YT channel- hopefully it will become helpful for you guys!
Our silly cast!
"Jestem zmęczona!" - Instructor kept screaming at every shooting session. It means "I'm tired" but in... female form.
Preparing yourself and safety "checklist" is a top priority before taking of. We witnessed a girl, who forgot to buckle belts on legs and during flight training she has slipped off from harness... and died.
"Jorah Mormont" was known as our Watcher. He kept watching us and filming. After trainings, we watch videos how we did- and we are able to see track our progress and analyze mistakes. While learning to fly, it's much more difficult than as it seems- because it's all about specific maneuvers. It takes a lot of practices to get used to it.
Arnaq the bothersome dog! During filming on training field, she kept hunting around and brought for us 3 dead rats on camp... She took care of "catering" for us
Arnaq has joined us through entire "sky" journey. She was a great therapeutic support for us!
... and I've spent extra hours "after classes" alone to "communicate" with my wing. Hours of failures and just a few minutes of success.
Is there anybody who is a paraglider? Let me know!