“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra
This past week, I had the great good fortune of having cherished friends from England stay with me and Charlie. Our friends are young (22 and 25 years old) and adventurous and had booked a skydiving adventure before arriving in San Diego. Like the skydivers in the picture above, our young friends know where they’re going. This picture of some of the experienced skydivers in their party, landing in a valley in San Diego County, seemed like the perfect complement for the Yogi Berra quote above.
While spontaneity is an important part of all of our lives, planning is too! As a skydiver, if you don’t know where you are going to land (and plan to get there), you’ll definitely end up someplace else – like the other side of the mountain in the picture above, instead of “on the mark.” Our friends planned and booked this adventure ahead of time, to make sure that every minute of their limited time in San Diego was fun and rewarding creating visceral memories in their hearts and minds.
This was a “first” for me. While I took flying lessons in my early 30’s, skydiving isn’t something I’ve ever had the courage to attempt! And, I didn’t this time either; I was the photographer. My father, a retired Air Force pilot likes to say “why jump out of a perfectly good plane?” And, our friends’ response: “why not?”