We ran off the cliff.
A thermal caught us and we soared,


I landed, shaking,
never so close to death,
never so alive,
my first time hang gliding off a cliff —

and my last.

Marcy hang gliding Switzerland 1987

Lost in a Funhouse collage

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.
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17 Responses to Soaring

  1. Tina says:

    Yeah…no. I did good to get into a small plane. Good for you, though!
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  2. Stacie says:

    I am pretty sure I’m never going to have a first time hang gliding!
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  3. This would be one of those many things I’m happy to do vicariously.
    Good on you, Marcy!
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  4. Keirthana says:

    My. it must have been one helluva experience 🙂
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  5. Uma says:

    I’d love to do hang gliding someday and wonder if I’d muster courage to do it again 🙂
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    • Marcy says:

      Yes, that’s it. I’ve done a lot of things once. I had been in the hang gliding club at my college and just glided along a low hill, so when this opportunity came up, I felt like I had to try it.

  6. Marcy says:

    Thanks for the comments, everyone. These 42-word challenges often make me wish for more words to tell the rest of the story. I guess that’s what the other challenges can be for.
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  7. Jen says:

    OMG. I used to have dreams that I would do this, but I don’t think I actually could!
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  8. Are you sure you won’t try again? Excitement and exhilaration rather than the fear came across in your piece.

  9. Silverleaf says:

    You are so courageous! I’m terrified of heights, falling out of planes, etc. So I don’t think I’ll have a first at this either. I really liked the way you controlled the rhythm and timing of this piece through the layout.

  10. Marcy says:

    It was thrilling, and I’m glad I did it. I also was glad to be back on the ground and felt like once was enough! I’m that way with a lot of things. I want to try them once, and then I feel satisfied and don’t want to press my luck.
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  11. Nate says:

    That’s amazing. I wish I could soothe the worrier in my head enough to let myself do that.
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  12. Katy B. says:

    What a great description of the experience! I’ve had a few of those situations myself – glad I did it but never again.
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  13. You are braver than I am in this area for sure! I barely mastered my fear of heights well enough to ride a roller coaster – I can not imagine managing hang gliding! On the other hand, there are lots of other scary things I think I could do – but they occur on the ground 🙂
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  14. Meg says:

    I love your adventures, Marcy! Somehow I could imagine hang gliding but not parachuting. Anyway, I also like how you painted an airplane in your poem.
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  15. Marcy says:

    I know I could never jump out of a plane. I don’t want to and have never let myself entertain the idea. My husband wants to, and I don’t even want to “let” him do it. Thanks for the comments 🙂 It was fun to share a little piece of this adventure from a long, long time ago–1987.
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