Probably not, twenty years ago when Constant and Trudy asked me what I wanted for my birthday I decided to ask for an experience rather than a thing that would further clutter my student room. As I researched skydiving I found that there was more to it than just strapping yourself to someone else and falling out of a plane. There were courses with opaque names like “Static Line” and “Accelerated Free Fall”.
In the end I chose the one with the longest name, which was most expensive and seemed to promise most freedom after graduation. Accelerated Free Fall it was. Constant and Trudy’s contribution would not cover the whole course so I saved money and in August 2002 set off to France to become a skydiver.
Skydiving showed me an alternative world of play. It changed my priorities, derailed the path I was one and turned my life upside down. I turned down jobs at two big international firms and decided to enroll in theaterschool. I never looked back.