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81-Year-Old Woman Crosses Skydiving Off Her Bucket List

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Sometimes, it takes a while before you can act on your dreams.

One grandmother from Brooklyn Park, Minn. has been talking about skydiving for a long time.

Sunday, her big moment finally came.

Now that she’s 81 years old, Lorna Cook says she can get away with doing whatever she wants.

“I’m not worried about it at all. This is just exciting for me,” Cook said.

She has five children, five grandchildren, and virtually no fear of heights.

“I’m ready to go,” Cook said. “This is going to be wonderful.”

Her family members say she’s been talking about skydiving for about 30 or 40 years.

“I think it’s awesome. I hope I’m like that when I’m her age,” a family member said.

Cook’s husband died three years ago, and since then, she’s been checking things off her list.

She’s flown in a bi-plane, an ultralight and she even went parasailing in recent years.

Skydiving was next on her list.

“I have to do all these things before I get too old,” Cook laughed.

She has seven months to go before she turns 82, and more things to experience while she can.

But this may be worthy of a repeat.

“Wow! Oh, this is wonderful. Can I go again?” Cook said.

WCCO talked with her son, Dale, who said her attitude since turning 80 has been “Why wait? Every day is a gift.”

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