One of the things I swore I’d never do in my life was to go skydiving. Several of my friends had done it and they had nothing but horror stories to narrate about their experience. Maybe they were not prepared for what was about to happen or it was just not their thing. So, apart from my preexisting fear of heights, their experiences made me remain adamant about never going skydiving. However, the universe had other plans and I ended up falling for an adrenaline junkie.
I’m a homebody who occasionally enjoys outdoor activities. So, on this one occasion, we planned a friend’s birthday party at Maasai Mara. I knew it would be nothing but good vibes so I tagged along. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we were tagged as the life of the party at the camp. On the third day, a new group of people came to the camp. We instantly made friends with them and went on one game drive together before our stay ended. The night before we left, one of the guys from the other group approached me and let me know he was interested in me.
“Hi, Tina.” He said.
I was surprised that he knew my name since we hadn’t interacted before.
“Hi,” I replied excitedly.
I was on holiday and having a good time so I was open to anything. Plus, he was attractive so it was hard for me to tell him off.
“I think you’re really pretty.”
We talked for about an hour and got to know each other more. I found out he had quite an interesting life. First, he was well travelled and he was an adrenaline junkie.
“This is one of the most relaxed holidays I’ve been on. Last year, I went kayaking in the Zambezi River. I almost drowned but it was such a thrill.” He said somehow bragging.
“Okay,” I replied puzzled at how anyone would think near-death experiences were fun.
By the end of our conversation, I could tell that he thoroughly enjoyed adventures and if I was to start anything with him, I had to be ready to adventure with him.
“I like girls who aren’t afraid to get dirty.” He said. “Most girls I’ve dated wouldn’t even come to Maasai Mara. So, I’m glad to see a pretty girl like you here.”
I smiled. “Yeah, I like an adventure.”
“Really?” he became even more excited.
“Yea. My friends and I went skydiving last year.”
“Wow. That’s amazing. I’ve always wanted to go. We should go.”
There was no excuse I could give that would get me out of the hole I had dug myself into. He offered to pay for everything and even started arrangements right there.
“When are you free?” he asked.
“Umm… I’m quite busy. I have a 9 to 5 job.”
“No problem. We can go on one weekend and I’ll have you back home before Monday.”
After checking my calendar, we set a date and my fate was sealed. I was going skydiving simply because I was trying to impress a guy I just met. I didn’t say anything to my friends because I knew they’d make fun of me. On the day they went skydiving, I was in the comfort of my hotel room waiting for them. Now, they’d be the ones waiting for me.
We went back to Nairobi and I kept in touch with my new love interest. He came to visit me a week after I returned from Maasai Mara and then left for another adventure. The weeks passed and the skydiving trip slowly slipped from my mind. Then, he called.
“I’m back. I hope you’re ready for this weekend.”
“The skydiving trip. How can I forget? I’m so excited.”
“Perfect. I’ll come to pick you up tomorrow then we’ll head to Diani.”
“Okay. I can’t wait.”
That weekend was my brother’s dowry negotiation and I had to explain to him why I couldn’t make it.
“Skydiving? Is this a joke?” He asked.
“Trust me, I wish it was.”
“Okay. Have fun, then.”
He was surprisingly understanding which made me feel more relaxed. Maybe I was worrying about nothing. I tried to stay positive and open-minded.
The guy came to pick me up and within hours, we were at our hotel in Diani. The place was beautiful and the weather was just right. It seemed like everything was going well so I would enjoy my trip. After a relaxing night at the hotel, we went to the skydiving place the following day. There were more people than I expected which made me calm down. However, the majority of the skydivers were white people. Even the instructors were white.
“Are you okay? You look nervous,” he whispered to me as we headed to the plane after our training.
“Of course, I’m nervous. We’re about to jump out of a plane.”
“I know. I’m a bit nervous too.”
Before I knew it, I was jumping out of the plane. My heart was beating so fast but I calmed down after a while and enjoyed the experience. It wasn’t so bad but I wouldn’t do it again. When we landed, he came over and gave me the tightest hug.
“That was amazing. We should do it again.”
“Sure,” I replied knowing it was never going to happen.
He then wanted to go bungee jumping and hiking and do all these outdoor activities. I realized that I would never be able to keep up with him and the more I pretended to enjoy the things he did, the more miserable I’d be. So, I decided to end things. I told him it was because he was always away and I wanted a boyfriend to cuddle with and watch movies with. He was surprisingly understanding. I guess it wasn’t the first time someone told him that. We tried to remain friends but I think he got frustrated with me cancelling our plans all the time. I learned my lesson to never pretend to be an adrenaline junkie to impress a guy.
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