In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Fright Night.”

What’s the thing you’re most scared to do? What would it take to get you to do it?


There are not too many things or issues in life that I’m fearful of because I am more cautious than fearful. The extreme sport of  skydiving and bungee jumping are two items on my bucket list.

I recently awoke from a horrible sweat drenching dream of skydiving.

In the dream I was trying to sleep the night before the skydiving attempt but, my mind was filled with the safety precautions I have to remember before I jump.

Before my first solo skydiving attempt. I tandem jumped several times and attended a certified skydiving school. My training  helped build my confidence and reinforced my cautious nature as I prepared.

My dream continues as I jump out of the plane free-falling back to earth. When I activate my parachute, it doesn’t open. I free fall hurtling towards the earth at speeds I have only achieved by car and motorcycle. My reserve parachute activated at the prescribed altitude, and I began descending slowly towards earth.

As my fear subsides from my main parachute not deploying, yet thankful for the reserve. A bird collides with the canopy of the reserve parachute tearing a hole the size of a watermelon, and I begin descending towards earth a little faster than needed.

I’m able to control my descent, landing fortunately on the muddy shoreline of a lake. I wake from the dream as I fall onto the mud.

I believe the horrible dream reinforces my cautious nature to check and re-check my equipment since I survived and that anything is possible to happen.

Skydiving and Bungee jumping are the last two items on my bucket list and It will take several years to complete.

I’ll admit there is fear, but it’s healthy and I human and darn lucky in the dream. 🙂

The Daily Post Prompt

By Expedition Nomadic Adventurer

As a retiree travel blogger touring the US, voicing my wisdom, opinion, and thoughts about the retirement lifestyle and life in general. I'm an aspiring pre-published indie author of baby boomer romance and adventures with a whimsical comedic side. I photograph wildlife and landscapes, mountain, biking, kayaking, hiking, and backpacking. I travel the back roads and highways of America, Canada, and Mexico, documenting my adventures via print and photography.

10 thoughts on ““Fright Night””
  1. Go for that dream of checking skydiving off your bucket list! I’m afraid of heights so when I was in my 30’s I decided to try to conquer that fear by skydiving. After 13 jumps I have to admit that I was still afraid of heights but skydiving was an amazing experience. I felt like I could do anything I wanted to do after those jumps…they were so empowering!

  2. Just a note to say how enjoyable it has been to read your post. E

    1. Why thank you Elizbeth. It is the last day of prep before NaNoWriMo.

  3. That’s a scary dream. So you said they are the last 2 things on your list. How many things are on your list?

    1. Hey, Traci, I have a long list of bucket list items. I have over 100 listed items and growing. Make a list of the dreams you desire. Here is the website I use to log my list.

      1. Thanks I’ll check it out. That’s great you have dreams and goals even if they all don’t happen. It’s a great way to live!

        1. Hopes and dream help’s with the monotony​ of life.

          1. Definitely; life can get boring.

  4. I think I will have a heart attack if I try sky diving

    1. I have heard from so many friends who have skydived and bungee jumped. Their excited tales filled are filled with exhilaration and excitement.

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