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There are lots of ways a person can fly.   You can fly while seated as in an airplane; you can fly emotionally while in the arms of a loved one; and you can fly in your imagination through the words of a great book.    But there's nothing quite like the kind of flying I did recently in Baltimore, Maryland.

A visiting friend challenged me to join her at trapeze school.   I had walked the Inner Harbor many times and observed these fearless flyers, often thinking it would be fun but never daring to try.

What an amazing feeling it was to curl your toes at the edge of a 23′ high platform, grip a bar, take a deep breath and leap.   The wind, the exhilaration, the fear flying out of every pore replaced by sheer excitement and satisfaction.

I felt welcomed and encouraged by our wonderful instructors.   At 42, I was the oldest in a beginner class of four women.   Our group was so daring and determined (crazy) that we achieved the leg hang and back flip, a basic catch, and another trick all in the course of a few hours!

Some lessons from trapeze school:

"Timing is Everything":  Unless you leap without hesitation, you'll mess up your connections, literally miss the "catch", and end up empty handed.

"Cheer for your Classmates":  We can relate to each others' efforts and successes, plus it's a whole lot more fun this way.

"Great Teachers Make All the Difference":  And ours were clear, capable, patient and encouraging.

"If You Can Do This, You Can Do Anything":   Well maybe not anything, but it sure feels great to conquer a fear, it dimishes all others.

"All Pain Subsides in Time":   I became reaquainted with muscles and ligaments I didn't know I owned!  But thankfully the pain didn't last...

What did endure was the thrill that I had done this, complete with pictures I can share with grandkids someday.   Who knows, maybe I'll just go trapezing with them....the trapeze granny?

The video of my first (and only) trapeze "catch" is on youtube, search: Mama’s First Trapeze Catch.  Think it might be fun to try? check out www.trapezeschool.com.   I love the trapeze school's tenacious tagline: "Forget fear, worry about the addiction."

Incidentally, if ever there were a definitive test for an athletic bra, trapeze is it!   I wore a great bra that day: the Alexis bra.   If you‘re an A/B girl, you can check out Better Than Chocolate Boutique’s Sweet Athlete section to get one for yourself.   If you‘re bustier, zip me an e-mail and we can find you the perfect fit!



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