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July 6, 2012
With all that’s been going on, I didn’t get to show you my last dare, which is unfortunate because it was probably my favorite of all of the dares I’ve done so far.
I didn’t know it was going to be that way, though. I was so scared to enroll in a class at Trapeze School New York that I never would have done it on my own. The morning we showed up was windy and a little rainy, and the LAST thing I wanted to do was climb a very, very, very tall ladder, stand on a very, very, very small platform, and jump off of it while hanging on to a bar.
Check out what happened below…
The first thing you need to know about Trapeze School? It’s actually NOT that difficult! The most important part of the class is that you listen to your instructor and follow his/her instructions. They will tell you the precise moment that you need to tuck up your legs, let go with your hands, grab your partner’s hands, etc., and if you listen, gravity works with your body and everything happens fairly easily and naturally.
If you try to rely on your own judgment, even a little bit, you fail — and we all had that experience in class, some more than others. It’s hard to hand over all your trust to someone else. There’s probably a spiritual analogy in this, but I’m still on vacation, y’all. We’ll save that for another time!
In the first class alone, you learn to swing out on the bar, hang upside down by your legs, do a double somersault off the bar to land in the net, and, finally, catch another trapeze artist’s hands. Yes, you read that right! You will do ALL of that in your first class. The safety harness makes you feel completely secure (especially once you realize that even if you slip and fall, the instructor calling out commands at the bottom is holding the other end of your harness, so you float down rather than plummet), and you end up feeling exhilarated, empowered, and adventurous, all in a controlled environment. I would recommend a Trapeze School class to ANYONE who visits New York and doesn’t have major health problems. It’s that awesome! It’s an unforgettable life experience that will leave you feeling fabulous.
So, friends, what do you think?
Would YOU take this dare?
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Absolutely awesome!!! I wish I could have that experience, but unfortunately two back surgeries completely rule that out. Looks like such fun!!
That is AMAZING! I would totally take that dare!
I would. It sounds similar to rock climbing – you’re freaking out at first, clinging to the face of the rock for dear life, until you take your first fall and realize, duh, you’re wearing a harness. 🙂 Then you can relax and enjoy it. Yeah, I’d totally do it!
Totally want that dare!
I would totally do that and I am a huge fraidy-cat! I know once I got to the top it would look way higher than on the video and I would freak, but it looks very freeing and fun once you’re into it! Way to go 🙂
Not in a bajillion years. Call me a chicken. Not gonna do it.
Bless you for your boldness though 🙂