I went skydiving over the weekend and had tons and tons of fun. I couldn’t find anyone at the time to accompany me that wasn’t scared to death, so I decided to embark on the adventure solo. It was definitely one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life and I couldn’t wait to share it with people to provide some type of inspiration to conquer your fear and/or to live your life to the fullest by doing things that may scare you.

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And I was successful with a lot of people. With others, I received some pretty ignorant remarks.

It saddened me that in 2016, some African Americans feel that certain adventures and experiences are only appropriate for other races. In particular, today, I was told that my skydiving experience was for white people and my black card was questioned. I can’t say that I didn’t expect this type of response from some people. I guess what puzzles me is their logic. I used to try to get it — thinking maybe it was due to a lack of exposure, opportunity, or the means to finance such activities. But that’s letting them off too easy.

The fact that labels are even put on the type of adventures a black person can have is absurd. And as an adult, how are you even allowing the constant cycle of generational conditioning to still affect the capacity of which your life can be lived? Why is it that, as a black person, I’m not allowed to try anything outside of “the norm” to be bold and just to experience something new?

I had to snap back into reality and face the obvious fact — IRDGAF if my adventures and experiences are deemed non-black activities or that my adventures are fine for me to experience because my fellow black people approve it. For God sakes, there are soooo many groups and organizations that have broken so many barriers in regards to black people getting all types of experiences through travel. But I guess Travel Noire, Black Travelista, Black Adventuristas, Travel is the New Club, etc. are all unheard of. Sigh.

I understand that some people really don’t care if they’ll ever travel or not. More importantly, Some people are completely content with their normalcy, repetition, and redundancy. And that’s absolutely fine with me. But if that’s what you’ve settled with, respect the fact that I’d prefer to do otherwise while just happening to be a beautiful black woman. It’s really not that damn hard.

My true hope is that perhaps with my courage to step outside of my comfort zone and to experience other things on the outside of the box that my people expect me to stay within, I’ll be an encouragement. I’ll be some sort of inspiration. Or proof that you don’t have to pass on doing something because you haven’t seen anyone of your same race experience it. Be the first. Break that mold. Let the world know that we go too.

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11 Comments
  1. valla

    February 17, 2016 at 7:57 am

    so i found a groupon deal for skydive Atlanta, so i’m going sometime in April =D and I can’t wait. Thank you for sharing your experience!
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    1. Rae

      February 17, 2016 at 10:32 am

      You are going to LOVE it!
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  2. Bee Lola

    February 17, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    I went skydiving 3 years ago and I loved it. I’ve thought about doing it again but I’m on the fence. Like I said on IG, you go you! Live life, fun and fearlessly and on your own terms!

    1. Rae

      February 17, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      I already put my deposit down for another jump, just trying to figure out when that will be. I really enjoyed myself though.

  3. Farrah

    February 17, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    This looks like such a exhilarating experience!! I am convinced that I have to give it a shot now!!

    1. Rae

      February 17, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      Yes, you definitely have to — at least one time in your life.

  4. Vaneese

    February 17, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I saw your pictures on Instagram and I think this is amazing!! I’m not sure if I have the balls to do it or not, but it’s definitely inspiring. And I love my Black folks, but sometimes..:::cuts a side eye::: I absolutely get what you’re saying. Recently, I joined Black Girl Fly and ForBlackWomenONLY Travel Group on FB and these ladies are ah-mazing. They are everywhere and then some. I’m glad you enjoyed your jump!
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    1. Rae

      February 18, 2016 at 11:41 am

      I joined one of those FB groups as well called Black Adventuristas.. I think that’s the name. And yes, they totally get me. I really draw so much inspiration from those ladies.

  5. Bee Lola

    February 18, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Ohhhh you should also check out my sisters IG page. She’s been to every continent except Antarctica and I’m working to get her blog off the ground this year! @whoisleeyogah on IG
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  6. Law_Fal

    February 19, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Girl bye! People were hating on skydiving? A mess. But you know how crabs in that barrel do it. The thing I can say is, some or a lot of people in Louisiana from my experience living there can be very closed minded or afraid of new things. idk if it’s a culture thing or just that there is a lack of exposure to a lot of experiences but that used to irritate the hell out of me when folks would say stuff I would want to do was white. I mean can I go fly kites by the lakes without side eyes or what. That I do not miss. Do you and tell a hater I said F$&K you……
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  7. Chic Therapy

    February 23, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Oh my. You are brave. I could never sky dive. Never!!

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