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Taking the First Leap

Roman Alejandro, Guest Reporter

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Feet at the edge with the tensions high, sophomore Jameah Hilton was about to overcome one of her biggest fear heights by skydiving indoors at iFLY.

“Taking that jump was the biggest decision I’ve ever made in my entire life,” Hilton said. “Falling down lifted me from all of the fear and anxiety that I’ve had for years.”

She would have never gotten over her fear without doing the unthinkable, indoor skydiving.

“While I was in the air it felt like I was weightless, like I could do anything in the world,” Hilton said. “Feeling as if nothing was wrong with the world and all was right for once.”

Hilton had been preparing for this moment for most of her life.

“I would go on top of my house and look down before I jumped off and on to my trampoline,” Hilton said. “The feeling I had in the air was like nothing I had felt before it was like breaking free from a chain that had been holding me down all of my life.”

At first when she signed up to do it she was a bit skeptical.

“I was very nervous that’s for sure,” Hilton said. “I had never done anything this extreme in my entire life, but I was up for the challenge and nothing would stand in my way of completing this obstacle in my life. This is one of those big milestones that I had in my life, and it was a great one.”

Living her life in fear of heights she finally built up the courage to take down this fear and no longer have to run from it.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do this without my mother,” Hilton said. “Without her help and support I wouldn’t have even thought of skydiving. My mom would always have my back and would help me through anything and I will never forget that. She can convince me to do anything as long as I put my mind to it I can do it.”

Hilton has always looked up to her mom because she was her hero as a child, and continues to be.

“I was so scared to go skydiving, but my mother was there every step of the way,” Hilton said. “After I had went indoor skydiving my mom suggested that I go actually skydiving. At first I thought she was kidding, but she was serious so I went along with it, and now, in a few years I will go skydiving.”

Knowing that this sophomore’s fear was as good as gone, she has decided when old enough she will do the real thing.

“I encourage everyone to do what they fear most so they are not afraid of it no more and live life to the fullest,” Hilton said. “Once I had gotten over it I felt like I could do anything in the world whenever I wanted to because I was no longer that scared little girl. I used to be afraid to take risks and do the unthinkable. Now, I’m as strong as ever and I never back down from anything.”

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Taking the First Leap