I am a true believer in taking charge of ones own life. If you are not happy about your life, you are the only person who can make it better. There is no use in blaming anyone else! The last three years of my life have been tough for me, because I have not been true to myself. I stopped base jumping when I had kids, and I also decided to stop skydiving due to lack of time and energy. Well, it didn’t take me long to realize that I missed flying. People suggested other hobbies to me, I even bought a motorbike to try and compensate! But the truth is I love flying, and I have done so all my life. So why try to change it?
Yes, my life situation is different now, I have two kids and more responsibility, but if you want something you can make it happen. You just have to adjust things a bit. I have limited time for myself, so tunnel flying is perfect. Compared to skydiving you can do a lot of flying in little time. And it is such an incredible feeling to fly around inside this round cylinder shaped glass cabinet. You can move around in all kinds of positions, and the reference of the walls around you give you a great visualization of flying which is more difficult to get when you jump from an airplane and only have air around you.
I met a very inspiring girl at the tunnel camp this weekend. She is a living example of taking charge of her own life! She left a job she was not happy with, left a life that was restricting her, for a life where she herself sets the rules! She flies in the tunnel and skydives, and in addition to this she tries as may new extreme sports as possible. And she loves traveling. Tatiana, meeting people like you always make me very happy. It is great to see that you make it happen!