Scare Yourself a Little — My Experience on the Flying Trapeze

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So to get my mind off of the hurricane about to batter my home state, my sister Julie took me and my niece Danielle to Trapeze School for a couple of hours…


Trapeze School New York, Santa Monica

Sometimes, you have to scare yourself.

People think I’m pretty courageous. I’ve traveled around the world more times than I can count. I served in war zones. I’ve lived through rockets, car bombs, and even shoot-outs. But since leaving the CIA (and the war zones) behind, I’ve returned to FL where I grew up. Living near the coast, on a river, is akin to paradise after living so long in the desert.

Until there’s a hurricane.

And then all sense of security goes right out the window. Hurricane Matthew made a mess of our property last year so I was not happy to hear Hurricane Irma was headed our way too. I had a pre-existing business trip planned to NYC, so after getting the house and property prepared for the storm, I evacuated like most others on the island.

In order to get my mind off of the impending storm, my sister (who lives in Manhattan) took me and my niece to Trapeze School. She asked me in advance if I was interested and I said, “Absolutely!” But to be honest with you, I didn’t give it much thought.

Until I was standing on the platform (that was swaying slightly in the wind), thinking, “Why did I say yes to this?”

I knew it would be scary the first time but then figured that my nerves would be fine after the first try. But no, no, no. Every time I climbed that ridiculously long and floppy-feeling ladder, my heart was in my throat. I was terrified! But everyone else was doing it, so….I swallowed it and kept going.

When you grab ahold of the bar the first time, the only thing you’re thinking is, “Don’t fall. Don’t fall. Don’t fall.”

Call it peer pressure, or not wanting to look like a dork, but I usually hang in there longer than I want to because I don’t want to lose face. So as instructed, I grabbed hold, assumed the “ready” position and jumped up into the air like we were taught. I did what they told me to do. And then 1.5 hours later, after continued skill-building and instruction, I did this…

Video: Michele on the Trapeze

That’s right. I did a catch!!!! Finally, the exhilaration kicked in and I was on top of the world, feeling really proud of myself and amazed at what just happened.

I grew up dancing, doing gymnastics, cheerleading, and being very physical. However, what’s surprising is they can teach almost anyone to do this regardless of activity level.

The value of such a confidence-building exercise is incredible. That’s why I implore you to try something new. Do something that scares you.

I highly recommend it!

For more information about Trapeze School, please see the Trapeze School New York (TSNY) at  TSNY has trapeze schools in Manhattan (Pier 41), Washington D.C., Los Angeles (Santa Monica Pier), and Chicago.

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  • Crystal

    How exciting, so proud of you for going through with it!

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