Prepare yourself for a very random post.
For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to fly through the air. As a kid I thought for sure that I would be able to figure out how to fly (never happened). I was also always trying to figure out how I could get high enough to touch the clouds. I can remember being about 3 and thinking that if I climbed to the top of the jungle gym and stood on my toes I would be able to touch the clouds. I also tried climbing up swing set poles (the good old tall swings back when playground equipments were all metal, not plastic)….didn’t work either… I also tried the old idea of if I ran fast enough towards a hill or a ledge and then jumped off that I would be able to fly….nope…just ended up with grass stained clothes from crashing.
When I was bit older (grades 1-2) I tried to apply some of the basic physics/biology theories. I had seen a cartoon in a book of a kid spinning a pail of water around really fast and the book explained that if you spun it fast enough the water wouldn’t spill. Aka Centrifugal Force! I thought this was the answer to the problem of not being able to fly through the air. By this point I had realized humans weren’t designed to fly, but thought that I could find a way to feel like I was flying through the air. So, I started applying this new knowledge to everything I could on the playground. I tried pushing the merry-go-around as fast as I could (and scared some kids in the process), I would then jump on and hold onto the bar tightly while I tried to stick my whole body out hoping that the force would be great enough for my whole body to fly out while holding on.
You know those good old giant metal swing sets they used to have back in the 80s/90s, not the little plastic short swings they have now? Oh, those were my favorite things. I would swing on them as high as I could while trying to touch the clouds then I would jump off from the highest point possible. When I learned about centrifugal force….I was sure that if I pumped my little legs hard enough and fast enough I would be able to get the swing to make a complete 360 degree circle around the bar with me remaining in the seat. Sadly, I never achieved that goal but did scare a few adults in the process.
Gravity was another force I learned about quickly as a child. A force that I’ve always disliked and a force that I still do not get along with to this day. I’ve slowly learned that one must respect and not challenge gravity. I’ve learned this the hard way and it’s involved me cracking both knees after an 1-2 story fall, landing on my head on the ground after attempting a double front flip on a friend’s backyard trampoline, and more recently falling off a ladder onto the driveway.
This brings me to the subject of Gymnastics! One of my favorite sports ever (I was really bad at it, but loved it). My mom wanted to sign me up at the age of 2 because I had too much energy. The local place had my mom wait until I turned 3. I was then involved with gymnastics on and off between the ages of 3 and 15. Now I’m miserably out of shape and can barely do back walkovers. Anyways, gymnasts can defy gravity even if it’s just for a few seconds!! I went to the 2008 Tour of Superstar Gymnastics. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! I could watch gymnasts on the floor and bars for hours. See the end of this post for some photos (and btw the men gymnasts were shirtless for most of the show :-D). I can’t help but include a random youtube montage of gymnasts flying through the air http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNXW8PwqbDU&feature=related
The other day I ran across this youtube video of the Santa Monica flying rings in the 1980s (a must watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9ju9wZ3fMw&feature=channel) . My first thought was, “omg…I must get those rings in my backyard and convince someone to teach me how to do all those flips.” Then a friend bought me back to reality by leaving a message on facebook saying “I’ve got a black dress reserved for your funeral if you get those rings!” She’s got a point there…..I think it’s time to finally accept the fact that gravity is not a force to be tampered with.
Although I won’t completely accept that fact until I complete a goal that I set for myself in the 3rd grade (a realistic goal) and that is to go skydiving one day.
Anyone want to be my skydiving buddy? 😀