It’s common knowledge that
men tend to do dangerous things. That’s why you can find them doing break-neck
sports, risky jobs, putting their lives at risk much more often than women.
I’m not an exception. I’ve
been doing risky things since I was a school boy. When I was a 3d year
pupil my friends and I used to play at the construction site nearby. Something
just attracted us to that place and we could spend hours climbing, jumping and
running all over the place. Hopefully my parents didn’t know anything about my
Later, when I was a
teenager, I started doing sport and I got hooked on it. For some time I flitted
from one kind to another trying to find the best for me…But I liked them all. I
tried boxing, wrestling, judo; I played football, volleyball, ping-pong and
then basketball; worked out in the gym. After finishing school I was
keen on weightlifting and it became a part of my life.
When I was called into a
military registration and enlistment office they asked me whether I wished to
serve in paratroops. I agreed immediately. It was my dream. So I did military
service in Ussuriysk in special forces paratroops brigade where I learnt how to
set mines, shoot, fight. And of course I jumped from the plane.
I’d say there’s nothing like
This is by far the most exciting thing I’ve ever done in my
life. I’ll never forget the feelings that I had standing in front of the open
airplane door ready to jump, just waiting for the word "Go!”.
First of all the
view takes your breath away and you understand that in a moment you’ll become a
part of this "behind-the-door” world. Then you can feel your blood boiling
inside your body as you keep on having an adrenaline rush, and to cool it
down you just want to jump out of the plane as quickly as possible. So, you do
it and next thing you feel is freedom because it’s freefalling for
about 3-5 seconds and they are endless! The air flow’s whistling in your ears,
you’re in the teeth of the wind striking you hard into your face and you can’t
figure out where on earth is the earth. After that you just pull the cord, you
feel a good jerk and the parachute opens. Silence and calmness.
After two years in the army
I entered a university and took up taekwondo, a kind of martial art. I won the
first prize in local taekwondo tournaments 5 times. I liked it and I still do.
Practicing this type of sport gives me feeling of independence and
Nowadays I keep on doing
sports: I play volleyball twice a week, work out in a gym and if I have a
chance I’ll certainly jump from a plane one or several times more.
Most of the activities
mentioned above are really dangerous because they can end in serious injury,
but despite that fact men do them and even like them. Why? Ask men. I
reckon there’s something in danger that attracts people. I’d say doing them is exciting and
adrenaline inducing and it’s a good way to switch off work.