So dad gets into a plane, despatches a few trainee parachutists, and the pilot flies another circuit, gaining height the whole while. The other Parachute Jump Instructor in the plane wonders what is going on as they have no more trainees to jump. At the apointed time, green light on and dad (having made an 'arrangement' with the pilot and without attaching the static line hook up), jumps out, much to every ones surprise. They watch him fall, holding the current preferred style, an upright stance..........".for a very long time". Dad completes the very first voluntary freefall in the RAF.
Upon landing, he was brought to the Commanding Officer of the Parachute Training School, who gave him a right telling off. (It transpired the CO was planning exactly the same thing, and wanted to be the first). A few days later, the CO duplicated the freefall, but hurt himself upon landing. Freefalls, of course were never allowed and after that, were subsequently banned.
A rather more modern take on the story : Upon landing, the PJI sees his student in a crumpled heep on the ground. He asks the first time jumper, how he felt? With all the enthusiasm (known only by those who have made that first jump), the student replies, "It was great, but the landing hurt a bit". The PJI explains, "Well next time you should remember your training (pointing to the rip cord) and pull this handle. Landings will be much softer". So, the second jump, the student remembers to pull the handle and flies an open canopy for a soft landing. It was less exiting.
With parachuting, it is important to remember a few vital actions. Pulling the handle is clearly the most vital. But once you have attended to those defining actions. The 'Same Old Stuff' actions. The SOS actions, you might seek a different experience. So in looking for a different result, in the 70s, parachutists without an aeroplane, would run down step hills and try to fly their parachutes anyway. Now they can loop the loop and fly other aerobatics in their parachutes. Some have strapped themselves to wings, and even fitted jet engines on those wings. Some want to fly from the ground and wear motors on their backs. The thing is, if you want a different result, it is no good limiting your actions to the same old stuff. So, parachutists now fly wing suits at great speeds and fly miles away from their jump spot, they fly within a few feet of mountainous terrain. At least two have flown their wing suits without intending to pull the handle and have landed safely....no parachute required.
So, if you seek different results, maybe in your diet, sport, business or in your faith. Perhaps you should consider (after taking care of the defining moments), doing some other stuff too. Doing things differently will often bring about a different result.
Today was a good day to remember Dad, an RAF Parachute Jump Instructor during the war. He did it different.