Man am I tired. Andrew and I decided to add a little excitement to our marriage on our anniversary, so we were up late swinging…
Honestly, I don’t know how I let him talk me into this one. Have I ever mentioned that I hate hate HATE that dropping feeling in my stomach during a free-fall? Well I do. And as a result, I had absolutely no problem stepping off the platform, but when it came to letting go of the trapeze bar suspended high above the net to fall into said net below? I could not bring myself to unclench my hands! Ha, ha! Really, I was great just swinging back and forth and even hanging upside down by my knees swinging high in the air forever and ever. But drop? Nope. It was actually really funny. The instructors found it amusing at least.
I mustered up the courage to go twice, then tried desperately to calm my nerves and be brave, sitting out a few rounds trying to deep breathe and steady my shaking hands. I surprised myself by how freaked out I was, really! I think I’m the type that doesn’t necessarily enjoy an adrenaline rush; rather, I enjoy the calm that comes after it. So to keep jumping (literally) back into the rush was really messing with me! But after a little break, I got back up there and it certainly got easier. The best part of the night was when one of the instructors caught me, hanging upside down, in mid air! So cool.
Thank you, Andrew, for pushing me beyond my comfort zone once again! It’s certainly good for me.
Oh, and because I didn’t mention it earlier in the post, if you are in the St. Louis area, you can sign up for a flying trapeze class with Circus Harmony at Union Station (pictured above). Circus Harmony deserves a serious shout-out for their amazing programs and just everything they stand for: community, peace, outreach, and social change. They are quick to respond to the hurts of our community (most recently Ferguson). I truly love St. Louis and this is one of the reasons why. So proud to support this organization and want to be a bigger part of it.
Have a beautiful weekend!