5 Reasons Why You Should Go Skydiving At Least Once In Your Lifetime

5 Reasons Why You Should Go Skydiving At Least Once In Your Lifetime

I promise, you're not going to regret it.
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I know- for a lot of people, the idea of skydiving doesn't seem like one of the most appealing of situations out there. I mean, after-all, you are jumping out of a plane, and with all other details aside, the most a person can really do in this given scenario is follow exactly what your instructor tells you to do and cross your fingers that everything goes smoothly until your feet hit the ground again. This isn't exactly the type of chance that a lot of people are willing to take. On the other hand, however, there are probably just as many people that have either already been, or are anxiously awaiting for their opportunity to someday go. Regardless of where you stand, take it from somebody who has already lived through the experience first hand- it's a chance that everybody should take at least once in their lifetime. I'm serious, put whatever fears and worries you have aside and just go for it. I promise you won't regret it. And since I'm sure me simply saying "go for it" probably isn't enough convincing to get you to actually hop on a plane and go, here are five legitimate reasons you should take into consideration when making your decision-

1) The rush

It's honestly like no other. I mean, it's not every day that you find yourself plummeting to the ground from 20,000 feet in the air at 120+ mph. And while that may not sound like the most enticing description for some people, just think about the rush you'd get from actually doing it. Despite popular belief, that sinking feeling in your stomach that you get from going down a roller coaster isn't a part of the experience at all. If I had to describe it in any way, it's kind of like sticking your head out of the window while speeding down the highway. Not too bad, right?

2) The incredible view

Chances are you have no idea just how beautiful the area you're in actually is just by looking at it from the ground, but skydiving above it will give you the perfect opportunity to find out. Once free fall is over and the parachute has been pulled, there's not many things you can do while dangling there besides appreciate the view and everything around you. If you're like me, once you're up there you probably won't even want to come down.

3) The priceless pictures

I'm telling you, getting the pictures is worth the extra bit of money, especially if it's your first time. You never know just how ugly you can become until your face is being pushed back by 100 mph winds and you're free falling from a plane. It's hilarious. And if you're lucky, you'll even get some really cool ones that you won't be too embarrassed to show all your friends.

4) The bragging rights

Because regardless of whether or not you were all for it from the beginning or it took years of convincing to get you up there- skydiving takes some serious guts. It feels really good being able to check it off your bucket list.

5) The unforgettable experience

It's such a surreal feeling. The entire experience- from watching the training video and harnessing up with your parachute, to squishing in the tiny plane and maneuvering your body so that 3 other people can somehow fit in it with you. From the pilot letting you know that you're about to reach the perfect jumping spot, to realizing that it's time for you and your tandem instructor to attach your harnesses and get in position. From the moment the door opens and you notice how high you are, to the initial plunge and everything else that follows- the entire experience is a memory that you'll carry with you forever. It seems scary, but I promise it's worth the risk. There's always a chance that something might not go as planned, but that's how life works. Something might not go as planned while you're crossing the street one day, or while you're driving to work tomorrow, but that doesn't mean you're never going to do those things. Life is for living, right? At least with skydiving there's a cooler story.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Just For Clarification, It Is Possible To Be BOTH A Christian Woman And A Feminist

A clarification of God's intention for men, women, and their value.

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I read an article recently about a young Christian woman who said that she didn't believe that God intended women to be equals. Here was the Title, "I'm A Christian Girl, And I'm Not A Feminist, Because God Did Not Intend For Women To Be Equals."

I read the article, mostly because the title was a little unsettling, and understood where she was coming from. It held a great intention and standing in Scripture coupled with a passionate affection for Jesus, which I adore. However, the language and word choice could be used to reinforce the notion that Christians and God view women as lesser than men.

And so, I wanted to clarify a few things to ensure clarity. The idea that God views women as less valuable than men is truly and wholeheartedly not true. There is so much significance, value, intention, meaning, and need for women. And men, equally are as vital, so valuable, full of meaning, and so uniformly needed. And to put both of them on a scale to weigh out our equality in significance and value almost feels... completely unnecessary and out of place. Both men and women hold an equal degree of worth as persons, as they have both been made in God's image and are heirs together of eternal life.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1: 27
There is neither Jew nor Greek, thee is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:38

We cannot reproduce one without the other. We depend on each other for the very carrying on of our beings. And we depend on each other in a lot of other contexts too.

I'd like to open this up to a little bit more of a dialogue because I think there's some disconnect between how feminism and equality are understood and defined as in today's context. So just to be clear on exactly what we're talking about, here are some definitions from dictionary.com of the key terms that this topic revolves around:

The definition of equal: being the same in quantity, size, degree, or value.

The definition of equality: the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities.

The definition of feminism: the advocacy of women's rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.

The definition of a feminist: A person who supports feminism.

Just a quick disclaimer, people have adopted various definitions of these terms in today's culture. For my purposes, I will be referring to the definitions listed above.

So, essentially a feminist is someone who supports the state of equality in status, rights, and opportunities relative to men. Under that definition I, a Christian woman, would define myself as a feminist. In a general view, I support and encourage the state of being provided the same opportunities, rights, and status as a woman, and essentially as a human being.

With that being said, however, I also believe that men and women are different, and have been given roles within the family setting to fit those differences. Here is one passage that describes a woman's particular role in a marriage.

"Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands." Ephesians 5: 22-24

I think the word submit immediately scares us as women. It scares me a bit, to be 100% honest. But after being married and realizing that leadership is so important, and us working as a team together is hugely vital to our marriage, the roots of this message are being realized and understood further in my own life and as a wife.

The type of submission described here is not the obedience children owe to their parents. Nor is it stating that all women should submit to all men. This submission is in a specific marital context for the work of a harmonious and healthy marriage. It goes on to command the husband to love his wife as Christ loved the Church. The husband is to be a leader that loves, cherishes, listens to, and protects his wife. We have both been given a responsibility and a role to ensure that our marriage is working toward one common goal. That we are on the same page because ultimately we are on the same team.

So although men have been granted a role of leadership within a marriage, this should in no means imply that we are not equal to them. Equal in quantity, quality, degree, or value. There are millions of angles and coatings to this subject, so please forgive me for the gaps that I haven't addressed in this small fragment of writing.

I feel like there are millions of layers to how God sees us as people, too. He has created us, putting pieces of Himself of infinite worth and value into our the heart of hearts knitted in each of us, both male and female.

I hope you know that we are valuable.

You are valuable.

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