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I have written about #Elevation but today we have a guest author who is writing about ALTITUDE. Her name is Jaclyn Kaylor Donovan and in her past life she was the Director of Athletics at Georgia Southwestern University (2008-2013).
Photo below is of Jaclyn
She is a gifted leader who possesses a great sense of humor along with an adventurous spirit you don’t find in many people. Since she left Georgia Southwestern she has worked at the Vereen Rehab Center in Moultrie GA. She is a Certified Athletic Trainer along with being a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
Jaclyn is also a member of the Moultrie Club of Rotary International, serving as President of the Americus, GA club and a District 6900 Assistant Governor. She volunteers each summer as a counselor at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Camp. Jaclyn and her husband, Jack, reside in Moultrie. In their free time together they enjoy skydiving, flying, hiking, and camping.
It is her passion for skydiving that prompted me to reach out to her and ask her to do a guest post. She has jumped out of plane over 1000 times.
Jaclyn in blue jacket below.
So here is her take on ALTITUDE.
By Jaclyn Kaylor Donovan
I’m a seeker of adventures, and I find them with ALTITUDE. I’m a pilot who flies small planes. I’m also a skydiver who jumps out of small planes.
And I know what you want to ask: Why would anyone jump out of a perfectly good airplane? My answer: Why not?
Sometimes you just need a little Altitude Adjustment.
I’ve been skydiving since 2003 and have over 1000 jumps – that a lot of trips to altitude and back. I’ve gained friends from all over the world, and I found the love of my life.
I’ve been on state records and even on the world record for largest all-female formation (181 women, set in 2009) but it’s the lessons I’ve learned in skydiving that have proved invaluable.
The photo below is me and 180 other women creating a formation while skydiving.
1. ALTITUDE is Fun. Everybody has a comfort zone – a “perfectly good airplane” – but life doesn’t get interesting until you leave it. Try new things. Be scared – but do it anyway.
2. ALTITUDE sharpens your Focus. When you’re falling at 120 MPH you focus on what really matters, which is saving your life and getting down in one piece – not worrying about the little things that seemed so important before you left the plane. In life, we need to gain a little altitude away from those “important” things so we can determine what our priorities really should be.
3. ALTITUDE changes your Perspective. The view is different outside the plane. Big things – similar our problems – that seem so overwhelming on the ground are barely even visible from 15000 feet. And from 15000 feet – where you can see 150 miles in any direction – we realize just how small we really are compared to the world around us.
There are things bigger than our problems and bigger than us, but we can still make a difference – one day, one-act of kindness, one act of service at a time.
So if you reach a point where you feel worried, stuck, or frustrated – check you ALTITUDE. Changing it might do you some good.