Ever been wowed by the excitement of flying acrobats in glittery costumes swinging and flipping in the air high overhead? Those professional circus artists have had years of special training but almost anyone with a sense of adventure and a desire to challenge oneself can give flying trapeze a try. Even you…
Outside (High Above) my Comfort Zone
I didn’t have to fly.
Nobody expected me to try anything that made me uncomfortable – certainly not flying trapeze! Besides the fact that I am the boss of me:
- I am not at my peak level of fitness. (HA! #understatement)
- I’m a wee bit afraid of heights in the way that even balconies can make me woozy.
- I have found that age has somehow made it so that I am no longer the first person to raise my hand excitedly to try something new.
That is why I forced myself to do it! It was time I took myself outside my comfort zone; to call upon the adventurous version of myself deep within me and oft forgotten. I remember my pre-family, risk taking personality: the one that easily took on huge unknowns to reach greater joys, understandings, and possibilities. WTH happened to her, anyway?
I felt butterflies in my tummy just climbing the ladder. What was I thinking?
It was perfectly safe! I reminded myself that I was securely hooked up to a safety device from the moment I began to climb. But my heart was still pounding and my belly was doing serious flip flops when I thought of me doing the same! The Catch team and my daughter encouraged me all the way to the tall platform shouting:
Don’t look down.”
“Look up to where you are going!”
And that’s how I got there. One step at a time. Primarily focused on what lie ahead.
Though still scared, I leaned very faaaaaaaaarrrrr out from the platform. And Jumped!
Swinging high above the large safety net was exhilarating! In that moment, I had no thoughts of the experience as a metaphor for growth.
Literally ‘letting go,’ I showed my children – and, just as importantly, reminded myself! – that fear is a natural part of stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new.
New Adventures: Flying High
Believe it or not, flying trapeze is a sporting activity that an entire family or group of varying ages, gender, and abilities can enjoy together! Flyers come in all shapes and sizes: flyers are young and old and have varying levels of athletic skills. They successfully taught several young people with ADHD and ASD including my own children.
Every flyer remembers their racing heart on their first climb up the tall ladder to the trapeze platform, and the exhilaration of taking that first leap. That’s why flyers reciprocate courage and more; they cheer on each other’s achievements and constantly help each other to improve. The encouragement my son received during and after his first fly was the thing that gave him the courage to try again. Click to watch videos read more about the incredible experience in Let Go and Learn to Fly.
I hope our family continues to fly together: to challenge ourselves with new adventures; to continue to gain physical literacy and develop new skills (Sometimes even through trying a crazy sport high above a net!); to regularly step outside our comfort zones. My wish is that we will always encourage one another to grow to new heights.
We have quickly grown to love flying trapeze. We know the great value it brings to our family and our local Calgary community. Our family is proud to help keep flying trapeze a part of Calgary for years to come.
Rocky Mountain Flying Trapeze is a non-profit recreation club run entirely by volunteers. They are the only organization in Alberta offering instruction in the circus sport of flying trapeze to the public. Their mission is to share their passion for the increasingly popular and unique sport of flying trapeze with people of all ages and abilities in an open and encouraging environment.
Rocky Mountain Flying Trapeze is in the final days of an ATB Boostr campaign that runs from December 2017 – January 19, 2018 – you may recognize my little flyers in a few promotional videos! Although the team has already reached their goal to raise $10,000 for their own flying trapeze rig, there is still time to contribute and give someone the chance to fly!
Your support brings some exclusive rewards, each related to what they love doing most – Flying! By clicking HERE you can:
- Reward Yourself! Select a Reward for yourself, family, or friends. The rewards are all about what they do best – Teaching you to Fly
- Spread the Word! Share this post with friends, family, and all who love adventure! Like, Tag, and Comment on their campaign and video!
- Connect with Rocky Mountain Flying Trapeze on social media!
All contributors to their campaign will receive an invitation to the Circus Extravaganza event to kick off their 2018 summer season. As a special thank you, you will have a chance to jump outside your comfort zone and take a swing on the flying trapeze.
My family will be there to share in the excitement, further challenging ourselves to reach for the sky – will you?
We are genuine supporters and volunteers of Rocky Mountain Flying Trapeze. I am so happy to share our positive experiences with our community and have not received compensation to do so.