Do you push your boundaries and try new things? Do you really know your potential? I rarely stray from my comfort zone. Last Saturday, I did something I didn’t know I had in me.
A friend of mine got tickets for a fun activity and invited my wife. However, Wonder Wife gave her spot to me. I didn’t know what to expect. I mean, trapeze lessons? I thought it’d be like a kid’s swing, only higher. I was hoping it included a safety net.
I was right about the safety net.
After detailed instructions (on the ground), each of us went up and in fact used a swing. Only we did it while hanging upside down by our legs. Twenty-feet above the ground. And then we did a back flip.
Hello, safety net.
The feeling is that you are still, and the building is swinging around you. Timing is key. You have to do many different movements in precise moments and, simultaneously, follow the instructions shouted at you from below. At least, when you’re airborne, it seems that time slows down. And when you reach the point of weightlessness, it’s heaven.
It’s also a complete workout. I stretched for ten minutes before, and two days later, I still had completely sore shoulders, back, legs, arms, and neck. Trapeze is the most medieval abdominal exercise I’ve ever performed. Practice it regularly, and you will have rock hard abs.
On our fourth try, half of us had gotten cowbell. No, it has nothing to do with Will Ferrell, Christopher Walken, or Jenny Hansen. They instructors rang a cowbell every time someone had shown enough skills to do “the trick.” Three of us had qualified for the grand finale:
As they would say on Sportscenter, “Take a look from another angle”:
Can you say Woo-hoo? It is as exhilarating as it looks! You just need to follow two pieces of advice: don’t’ think, and don’t look down.
I was so thrilled! The adrenaline rush is incredible. We were all giddy and cheering one another. We even signed up for more lessons. I was still smiling and comparing notes with my friends on the ride home.
That’s the “flying high” part. The “flying away” part also happened on Saturday, but it’s for another post. What a day.
Have you ever done something you didn’t know you were capable of doing? Have you tested your limits? Please share (I need ideas for what to do next ).