BIRDMEN: The Original Dream of Flight trailer

 

I’m looking forward to this one. “BIRDMEN is the first documentary ever made that covers the past, present, and possible future of the sport.”

Remember the conversation we had last week on whether thrill seekers are crazy or blissed out? Yeah, well, these birdmen in wingsuits are definitely borderline crazy.

Don’t get me wrong. I respect what they do. It’s just that I would have a hard time throwing myself off a cliff wearing nothing but a wingsuit and a parachute.

Would I do it? I’d be an absolute hypocrite if I were to say no. So yes, I might be willing to give it a shot.

Would you?

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6 comments

  1. Sometimes they get pretty close to the rocks, and one of them died because his Shute wouldn’t open in time…that said…if I didn’t have kids who kind of like their mom sometimes, not to mention the disabled thing and that my husband would freak out. Yes, I’d do it. It would be crazy scary though.

    1. I saw a video last week of a guy who actually clipped a rock outcropping with his foot on his way down. He tumbled a ways and hit the ground violently, as you can imagine. Miraculously, he didn’t die. What do you want to bet he’s out there doing it again?

  2. Wow, I loved the video! Would I do it? I’m not sure. What I adore about those who do is that this is their life, this is what they love, and they go after it with everything they have. I admire that. They’re not afraid of dying in pursuit of going after that thing they love, I admire that as well. When the time comes, I too hope to die in pursuit of things I love. That might sound messed-up, but to me it’s far better than living a life in fear of the pursuit, a life of regret.

    1. I hear you on wanting to die doing the things you love. It does seem a little twisted on the surface, but really, there are a million ways to die, and watching TV in my recliner isn’t how I want to go out. I just hope it doesn’t come too soon, you know? I always get bummed when a young snowboarder, for example, dies doing what he loved. Yes, he loved snowboarding, but he probably didn’t love dying in a violent avalanche. He probably had many, many more years doing what he loved before that avalanche took him out. So sometimes I go back and forth on this topic.

    1. Truth be told, I would have an incredibly hard time committing to that first leap. Just listen to those pros describe the feeling! Yikes.

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