Jenna Goes Skydiving

“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” Dale Carnegie

As if studying abroad for a semester in Sydney, Australia at the University of New South Wales wasn’t an adventure enough on its own, Jenna Tocatlian took it upon to herself to find the most extreme adventure she could: skydiving 12,000 feet above Wanaka, New Zealand! Jenna trusted “Skydive Wanaka” to give her an experience of a lifetime and apparently they met all expectations and more.

I couldn’t believe it until I saw this video!

“The views from above were unbelievable and the thrill was real,” Jenna would say of her descent from the skies. She would recommend this experience, especially in Wanaka, to absolutely anyone – including grandma? -, and even suggested that we should return together, strap ourselves to a stranger, and take that leap of faith! I countered with a tour of New Zealand on motorcycle.

“How could you let her do that,” people ask me. I usually respond sympathetically with “she’s over eighteen and can do as she wishes.” Besides, I’ve been careful about telling her what she can or can’t do ever since she told me at an early age that “you’re not the boss of me!” Those words resonated back then and still do to this date. They’ve also influenced how I manage my team at work.

Looking back, Jenna has made her fair share of good decisions along the way and learned from her mistakes. Haven’t we all? Besides, how can you tell someone who has the fear of flying – and whose best friend on most flights is a barf bag – that she can’t jump out of a plane!

#ProudDad #YouGoGirl #LoveYouToTheMoonAndBack


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