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  • Writer's pictureAjmal Samuel

Soaring Beyond Limits: A Paragliding Adventure in South Africa

Embarking on a journey to pursue a childhood dream of taking to the skies has been nothing short of exhilarating. In the pursuit of our aspirations, we often find ourselves surrounded by individuals who share our passions and contribute to the richness of our experiences. This convergence of diverse stories and personalities has not only enriched my journey but has also fueled my belief in the perpetual motion of the universe.

I arrived in South Africa (Wilderness - Sedgefield) almost a week ago with an objective to qualify as a basic paraglider pilot. With each flight in wilderness, guided by my instructor Matthew Van Zyl, I am inching closer to my destination, taking off from the iconic Map of Africa or Sedgefield in Wilderness and landing gracefully on the sandy beach or the grassy patch. The beautiful weather has only added to the thrill of the experience, making each flight more special than the last.

The moment of my first top landing in Sedgefield was truly indescribable, filled with sheer joy and a profound sense of achievement. From envisioning this moment to making it a reality, the journey has been one of learning, growth, and unwavering determination.

Every challenge, setback, and doubt along the way has been a stepping stone towards this moment of soaring high above limits. Grateful for the lessons learned, skills acquired, and the perseverance that has led me to this point, I have realized that this achievement is not just about reaching the top but about surpassing boundaries and embracing the boundless sky as a new beginning. The sky is not the limit; it is just the start of a limitless adventure.

There is a long way to get proficient in my flying techniques but I shall persevere and get my appropriate pilot ratings. Continue to watch this space.

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