This weekend I'm teaching at Addicted to Fabric in Canberra, teaching Beginner Free Motion Machine Quilting workshop. Its a great location with loads of space and decent lighting, always a pleasure being there. There's an enormous amount of satisfaction seeing students realise that with some help they can learn to successfully tackle their own projects, and have the joy of completing them themselves. I always look forward to teaching this workshop.
Lately what's been absorbing most of my energy has been learning to skydive. I'm loving it.
I've passed AFF Levels 1, 2 and 3 with no repeats, so far. Sometimes students repeat levels if they hit a snag or need more practice at something. My next jump will be Level 4 and I'll be down to one JM. :)
How it seems to work for me is, I just do as I'm told, and I'm aware of my body position during practice, and then replicate things in the air. It feels really good and comfortable up there. Apparently I have a nice arch and good body position, and so far, I've consistently flown stable. With one or two JMs, makes no difference to me. I love it!
-I'm not stressed out of my mind about going to the door now. The wind there no longer bothers me, I just consider it the new normal. Learned how to calm down my body and mind if it feels stressed so I can just chill out. :)
-I've sorted out my exits. Improving them has been a result of growing confidence and practice, and also understanding just how much physical effort is required to put into climb out, because of wind resistance in the door. There's plenty of that.
-Doing forward glides in free fall rocks. I loved them, and am greedy for more. The feel is different than just stable falling. Its flying.
- I loved seeing one of my JM's release me according to the plan, and fly out around to face me from the front. Up till then, my view has just been a big open sky. He grinned madly at me and of course, you couldn't wipe the grin off my face. Not only because I was stable flying with just one instructor, but also because its just so cool seeing someone fly nearby. I was sorry when I knew it was time to dump my mains, because freefall never lasts long enough. Not by half.
What goes up must come down. One way or another. My landings for L2 and L3 were… interesting.