Parasailing

By Jabo
@jaboUK (64956)
United Kingdom
March 10, 2021 1:31pm CST
I had a young friend who was very adventurous despite having been paralysed in an accident. We were in Tenerife and she saw people parasailing and wanted to try it herself. It involves sitting in a boat attached to a specially designed parachute, then when the boat picks up speed you are launched into the air. As we weren't sure that she would be able to do it, I volunteered to go up first to see if I thought she could manage it. I was 60 at the time but had to do it just as if I was her, so I wasn't able to use my arms to hold on to the parachute attachments. As a result I found myself angled forward with the harness biting into my shoulders. Not fun. Then when I landed back in the boat I was unable to brace myself with my legs (as my friend had no use in hers) so I just sort of crumpled up, grazing my knees. I had to give my friend the bad news that no, it wasn't for her. Undaunted, she decided to try sky-diving instead. She did that strapped to a professional skydiver who was used to dealing with disabled people, and she raised a lot of money for charity in the process.
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@BelleStarr (61888)
• United States
10 Mar 21
I was just think about your friend the other day, she was someone who didn’t spend her life thinking about what she lost but rather enjoying what she had.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
10 Mar 21
That is so true Isabelle. I saw a programme on the TV about parasailing and that's what brought this to mind. I haven't written about her since I've been on myLot.
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@BelleStarr (61888)
• United States
10 Mar 21
@jaboUK I do remember all your previous posts however and I know what a great loss sh was in your ife.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
11 Mar 21
@BelleStarr Thank you
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@moffittjc (104043)
• Gainesville, Florida
10 Mar 21
That was nice of you to test out the parasailing before she did, or else she could have realized a similar (or worse) experience than you did. I'm glad she did get to go skydiving, and in the process raise money for charity. I love how she has not let her disabilities stop her from her sense of adventure.
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@moffittjc (104043)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Mar 21
@jaboUK Sorry to hear about her passing. I'm sure she was a very wonderful person.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
11 Mar 21
@moffittjc She was indeed. She was paralysed in a horse-riding accident at 31 and lived until she was 54.
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@allknowing (102894)
• India
10 Mar 21
It must have been tough for you - you are a true friend
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
10 Mar 21
No, it wasn't tough - I was pleased to test it out for her. Parasailing is something I would have enjoyed doing in normal circumstances.
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@allknowing (102894)
• India
10 Mar 21
@jaboUK Doing it as a disabled person may not have been easy.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
11 Mar 21
@allknowing You're right there.
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@TheHorse (153102)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Mar 21
Did she enjoy it? I tend NOT to like to do things where I am dependent on others. I enjoy hiking, cliff scrambling, etc., but I've never had a desire to go tandem sky-diving, etc.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
11 Mar 21
She loved it. Most of us are lucky in that we aren't dependent on others and that's how it was for my friend till she broke her neck in a riding accident. She had no choice after that and needed 24 hour care.
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@TheHorse (153102)
• Walnut Creek, California
11 Mar 21
@jaboUK Was she cycling? Or riding my cousins?
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
11 Mar 21
@TheHorse She was riding a horse in a race when it fell.
@1creekgirl (31275)
• United States
11 Mar 21
Wow, I am really impressed that you not only went parasailing (and at 60!), but that you did it like your friend would have. You go, Girl!
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
11 Mar 21
Thanks Vicki, but life had dealt her such a tough deal that I wanted to do everything I could for her. Can you imagine what being paralysed is like - she even needed someone to scratch her nose for her if she had an itch
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@1creekgirl (31275)
• United States
11 Mar 21
@jaboUK That's sad, but it sounds like she worked hard to overcome it.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
11 Mar 21
@1creekgirl She did.
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@CarolDM (182010)
• United States
10 Mar 21
Sounds like the skydiving was more for her. I have seen many do this but have not tried. I am sure your knees were sore after the parachute incident.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
10 Mar 21
Yes the skydiving was a lot more suitable. I only got minor grazing, didn't really hurt much.
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@CarolDM (182010)
• United States
10 Mar 21
@jaboUK Good memories.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
10 Mar 21
@CarolDM Yes indeed.
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@much2say (53843)
• Los Angeles, California
14 Mar 21
Your friend was quite adventurous - but so were you ! Well, I'm glad she found a more suitable sky flying adventure - did she do many charities doing things like this?
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
14 Mar 21
Yes she did, she got quite a lot of press coverage so she raised money for charity by sponsorship. She did carriage driving (controlling the horse with the reins held in her teeth}, and scuba diving.
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@much2say (53843)
• Los Angeles, California
14 Mar 21
@jaboUK My goodness! She did not let her disabilities stop her . . . what a brave and amazing woman!
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@DianneN (243866)
• United States
12 Mar 21
I remember your previous posts about your friend. She didn’t let her disability get in the way of living her life as it was meant to be lived. Kudos to her.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
12 Mar 21
She certainly made the most of life despite her limitations.
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@DianneN (243866)
• United States
12 Mar 21
@jaboUK She did.
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@thelme55 (75009)
• Germany
11 Mar 21
That was very nice of you to try parasailing for her. You were so brave to do so.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
11 Mar 21
It wasn't really brave because I had no fear of doing it
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@thelme55 (75009)
• Germany
11 Mar 21
@jaboUK That's great that you had no fear of doing it. I am afraid of heights.
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@RebeccasFarm (65740)
• United States
11 Mar 21
Look at that what an amazing feat.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
11 Mar 21
She was an amazing woman, wanted to try everything that her condition would allow,
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• United States
11 Mar 21
@jaboUK Much credit due her bless.
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@RitzzView (3005)
• India
11 Mar 21
Her spirit just doesn't end. I love that girl....
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
11 Mar 21
She certainly had plenty of spirit despite the limitations of her body.
@RitzzView (3005)
• India
11 Mar 21
@jaboUK Yes.
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@Hannihar (121035)
• Israel
11 Mar 21
@jaboUK It sounds like it turned out that your friend could do something she wanted to do. I am sorry that when you did the parasailing that it was hard for you because you did it as though you were your friend that was disabled.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
11 Mar 21
i was pleased when she found something exciting that she could do.
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@Hannihar (121035)
• Israel
11 Mar 21
@jaboUK I can understand that.
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@LadyDuck (386562)
• Switzerland
11 Mar 21
I admire your bravery, your experience surely helped her to decide to try but with the help of a professional. I understand your test was not done in the "best conditions"... but did you like parasailing?
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
11 Mar 21
Parasailing is definitely something I would enjoy if I was doing it as a normal person. The feeling of being towed along in the sky is wonderful
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@LadyDuck (386562)
• Switzerland
11 Mar 21
@jaboUK This is what I thought, I never tried, but it must be wonderful.
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@oahuwriter (22511)
• United States
11 Mar 21
You're a good friend. You're friend did such a good deed too. Friendship is wonderful! Your post just made my week.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
11 Mar 21
What a lovely thing to say, thank you Krisstina.
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@oahuwriter (22511)
• United States
11 Mar 21
@jaboUK (It's the truth!) The world needs people like the 3 of you. Well done.
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@Rashnag (28158)
• Surat, India
11 Mar 21
Great to know. It's so inspiring. Your friend and you both did a good job. Thanks for sharing. Take care
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
11 Mar 21
Thank you - my friend wanted to try anything she could.
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@Rashnag (28158)
• Surat, India
11 Mar 21
@jaboUK your welcome dear
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@Dena91 (17714)
• United States
11 Mar 21
Your friend has the right attitude in life, enjoying it, doing what makes her happy, not being limited by her disability. You are a good friend for trying it out for her to see if she could handle it.
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@Dena91 (17714)
• United States
11 Mar 21
@jaboUK I am so very sorry
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@rebelann (97461)
• El Paso, Texas
11 Mar 21
Those are 2 things I would never want to try. I've never been overly adventurous although I do like to drive fast when I can.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
11 Mar 21
You don't like heights? That's never bothered me.
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@rebelann (97461)
• El Paso, Texas
11 Mar 21
You're so lucky @jaboUK my father was even worse than I am.
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@nela13 (49896)
• Portugal
11 Mar 21
It was nice of you testing it for her.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
11 Mar 21
Thanks but it was always a pleasure to help her in any way I could.
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@nela13 (49896)
• Portugal
15 Mar 21
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@Lucky15 (37403)
• Philippines
10 Mar 21
oh my, she is so brave to take those. i mean, I cannot even take those, i am younger than her and still... she is wow!
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
10 Mar 21
She was a brave person - she tried to find life positive despite her dire circumstances. (She was in her early 30s when she did this - it was me who was 60).
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@Lucky15 (37403)
• Philippines
10 Mar 21
@jaboUK I don't have the 'heart" for this, haha. and I applause her for doing it not just for an adrenaline rush(some calls it), but for charity too
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• Midland, Michigan
10 Mar 21
At least you saved Sarah from getting hurt and bruised para sailing.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
10 Mar 21
That's true - you remember her I haven't written about her since being on myLot.
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• Midland, Michigan
10 Mar 21
@jaboUK you've mentioned her at least once before but never by name.
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