I was the first one to arrive…scoping out the joint and trying to figure out if I would be able to summon the courage to climb up the ladder and swing from the trapeze along with my friends. But my son and I showed up way too early. When we got there, the sports center was filled with young volleyball players and their parents. There was no sign of trapeze, circus-type activities going on so we sat on the sidelines, waiting patiently for the game to end.
Once the young girls and their families departed, the people behind Circus Fund wasted no time. In less than 25 minutes, the nets were in place, the ladder installed and the trapeze swung high above the ground. I was freaking out and the others had not arrived yet.
We took a closer look, walked to the other side of the gym and sat down, studying the height of the ladder, the faces of those who would be in charge of our safety, and the distance to the nearest exit.
Most of the girls showed up around the same time and there was a buzz of excitement when Liz pulled out the box of spandex pants from Bskinz for us to change into. (I picked the Jazzy Orange pattern.)
Once the class started, the instructors told us to pay attention, keep our voices down (and to put our phones away). I think it’s pretty safe to say that while most of us were excited about getting up there, we were pretty nervous as well.
Apparently, I have issues with letting go. I climbed up the ladder with such confidence that it never occurred to me that the hardest part of the entire night would be letting go of the trapeze bar itself.
Swinging was the fun part, I flew forward and back, squealing in delight and looking down at my son who watched in amazement. But then, I was told to let go and I couldn’t. I just couldn’t let go so I was brought down, instead, safely. I came down slowly onto the net and laughed at myself for being too afraid of the fall even though I watched some of the others before me let go gracefully, and with a smile on their face.
Dealing with letting go seems to be a common theme for me lately. I have recently moved into a (much) smaller apartment, forcing myself to get rid of and purge things from my life, focusing on the more important things (and people).
I’m still working on this process, eliminating the excess things from my life and minimizing what I hold onto. The memories from this Girls’ Night Out are something I will hold onto for the rest of my life. It was a great experience with a wonderful group of women who first met online.
Special thank yous go out to Spencer (@NBCphotog) from our local San Diego NBC station for filming the event, to @CaliforniaKara for taking pictures and to @muffintinmom for coming out to show her support!
The lovely, brave and talented ladies who participated in the Trapeze Girls’ Night Out:
Other posts about the event:
Adventures on the trapeze
The daring young moms on the flying trapeze
It’s a bird, it’s a plane..
Lessons learned from flying through the air
The daring young lady on the flying trapeze
Happy Healthy Hip Parenting
Peace Begins in the Home