I've been obsessed with finding ways to transfer the value and wisdom of older generations to younger generations. I've searched around the world hunting for ways to illustrate the necessity of these relationships, but nothing shows the importance of learning from those who came before us like skydiving.
The hypothesis: the lessons shared through the stories of experienced skydivers can literally save the life of an inexperienced parachuter. To validate this theory and share this finding with others, I needed to experience it.
So I tracked down Parachutists Over Phorty Society (POPS)'s with over 12,000 members in 28 chapters (with newly added Belgium). Alicia and Pat Moorehead of POPS were quick to help me find an older skydiver in the Bay Area to do my first tandem.
I am so grateful Alicia and Pat pointed me to then 68-year-old Mad John out of Bay Area Skydiving. Beyond my life-changing jump with Mad John (I cried tears ranging every spectrum of emotions), I was amazed that one human had such a profound impact on those around him.
I can't even imagine trying to measure the impact of Mad John's butterfly effect. First as a math teacher, and secondly as a mentor with jump numbers in the quintuple range. He is a man driven by sharing his passion for jumping with others. Enjoy the short video below and feel free to share, embed, etc.
I'm very much looking forward to finding ways to connect to more sports enthusiasts of all backgrounds and talents and AGES!