This summer I wanted to accomplish three “bucket list” items. I learned last week that one cannot book accommodations at Crater Lake Lodge this time of year; in fact, bookings begin a year in advance. So, not happening this year.

What remained were my other two: winning back the love of my life, and going on a tandem skydive. Inasmuch as the former is largely outside my control, I checked the forecast and seized the opportunity to jump from a plane.

One of my six kids chronicled this day for me on YouTube.

My oldest child initially wanted to dive with me, and she had suggested Skydive Snohomish because it is between the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges. Sounded good to me! Understandably, she decided she wasn’t ready to do it yet. But I was.

In our region, the glory of summer (if one defines summer as sunny and dry) is a game of chance once late September hits. Usually, we have a healthy dose of autumn sun into October, but this is the Pacific Northwest. It rains here. A lot. One cannot bank on sunshine accompanying any cooler temps in these parts.

And once the rainy season begins, one never knows the degree of its omnipresence. So I took charge of checking off my summer “to do” list the only item on this summer’s list that was within my control.

So, here it is. I went for it. I’m thankful that Skydive Snohomish provided a YouTube link for my experience. I’m all smiles for the duration.

Do you have something you’ve always wanted to do, but just haven’t?

Stop wanting to do it. Do it. Make it happen. What are you waiting for?

©Aja Hart, 2016.9.23