To Live Is To Fly
“I wasn’t able to truly grasp what I as about to do, but I did know that doing something this intimidating and terrifying”
I don’t know that I really wanted to jump out of a plane. Sure, I had thought about it, everybody thinks about it. But at 9am the day before Christmas, an opportunity landed in my lap (quite literally.)
I had gone to my cousin’s house in Norfolk, VA for Christmas, and heard an old boyfriend of mine from junior high was living there. We met for drinks, and it ends up that he was skydiving for the Navy. One drink lead to another… and you get the picture.
So the next thing I know, I am out in the middle of nowhere, about to jump out an airplane with my current lover. (When in Rome, right?)
What can I say? Is it scary? Yes, it’s fucking scary. I just re-watched the video to put me back into the headspace, and when you see the look on my face when I jump out of the plane, it’s priceless! Every time I am speaking on camera, it’s like I was a second behind, I was reacting in slow motion. I wasn’t able to truly grasp what I as about to do, but I did know that doing something this intimidating and terrifying can also be exhilarating. And it was definitely that. The moment that you are free falling at 13,000 feet, the rush of cold air in your lungs electrifies your entire body. You. Are. ALIVE.
One of my favorite parts of the whole day was picking out the ever important song choices for the DVD. This is serious. I am an avid music fan and I am constantly thinking of music like it’s a soundtrack to my life. So what should I play for this most momentous occasion? I had to stay away from the corny, immediate desire to play Tom Petty’s Free Falling, that just wouldn’t do. However, it was this type of thinking (play on words) that got me to my initial song. The guys making the DVD suggest you pick out 2 to 3 songs, depending on length. When I asked them what people usually pick, they said a lot of TOOL and metal, but that was certainly not going to work for me. So when I chose the beautiful ballad “To Live is to Fly” by the Texas country folk singer Townes Van Zandt, they guys were a little leery, but I insisted it had to be my ‘walk on’ song. They laughed and said that when you play the video, it would look like an ‘in memoriam’ DVD for somebody. (They were kind of right.) But man, the lyrics to that song are incredible: http://www.lyricsdepot.com/townes-van-zandt/to-live-is-to-fly.html