I got an email from my good friend Shalyn last week that said: “AMAZING. Please write a blog post about it. People are incredible. Gosh 120 years ago we couldn’t fly. Now we base jump.” And then there was a link to this video,
As the maid of honor in her wedding this summer, I’m learning that whatever Shalyn asks for, Shalyn gets. (Just kidding, Shay. All for a blog chuckle, I promise!). Anyways, the video – called Experience Freedom – is a beautiful, soul-capturing montage of people sky-diving, base jumping, and wing-suiting.
“A bird is most free when it’s flying.” I couldn’t find who originally said this, but we discussed it in my C.S. Lewis class while defining freedom as a creature living according to its nature. We are most free when we are doing what we were created for. This is straightforward with a bird, or even an inanimate tool. A hammer, you could say, is most free when it’s being used to hang up a picture.
But humans aren’t birds. We weren’t made to fly. So why call a video of people (essentially) flying “Experience Freedom?” What – in base jumping – captures the human experience of freedom? What’s here that points us to what we were made for?
Watching this video I experience: Adventure. Letting go. Beauty. Community. Peace.
When do you feel the most free and what does it tell you about what you were made to do? Go and do more of that. Or in reverse: When have you experienced adventure, letting go, beauty, community, or peace? Do you equate those things with freedom? What if you did?
(This idea is sort of an extension of a post I wrote a while back about snowboarding.)