Do people still run away and join the circus? Is that still a thing? Well if they do, today was my day to do it. Sort of.
Now, I haven’t run off and joined the circus exactly. In fact, I’ve never been very successful at running away. I’m not meant for a life on the road or in the wilderness, although I did threaten to run away a few times when I was young. Who knows why, but I distinctly remember “running away” to the garage when I was around 7 and making a little fort next to our pet turtle. I probably wasn’t even gone long enough for anyone to notice before I got bored and went back inside for dinner. Plus, our pet turtle was actually a turtle we captured from the woods, so he wasn’t very friendly. Needless to say I never made it very far.
But you see, I have always been intrigued by the circus. The first time that I went I was around 7 or 8 and I remember seeing the performers on the silks and they looked so magical I thought they were giant butterflies floating down from the sky.
So today, a childhood dream came true and I was one of the magical butterflies….except maybe I was more like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. Less graceful and pretty to look at, but still giving it a good effort. You know?
Anyways, I had been dreaming of trying the trapeze for ages. And 25 seems like an age where you should finally suck it up and follow through with your dreams, so I did. And Chris was right by my side every step of the way!
We signed up for a 2 hour flying trapeze class at Trapeze School New York – Boston. Honestly, I loved every minute of it. Even the minutes when I was so nervous that I was shaking and my teeth were chattering and I was afraid I might pee in my pants a little bit and my hands were sweaty. I still loved it.
We were the only newbies in the class of 9 (one girl had been there 12 times!), so they started us off with the basics. There were 3 instructors and they were really great at adjusting to each of our skills and abilities, giving us feedback after each turn. They told us that we would eventually do a back flip and I was like “um is that optional?” But then I did it, and it was totally awesome.
We finished the class with a “catch” where one of the pros (seriously, they are incredible) swing at the other end and catch you. I missed on my first try but made it the second round. Chris didn’t think he was ready for a catch, but then he got up to the platform and they told him he was. He started saying “no no no no!” which made me giggle, and then he made it on his first try. Such a super star.
Overall, this was an amazing start to 25 and might be the beginning of a new hobby. You never know!