I am one of those who likes to try new experiences. Including workouts.
So I showed up one day to a circus class, excited learn how to climb on a trapeze and wind around aerial silks.
Acrobatic arts are one of those sports that looks so gracious and easy, but when you try it for the first time, you understand the high level of dexterity and strength required.
As I was asking the teacher, Alexa, for tips, she simply told me:
"Just do it.
Don't think don't think about falling.
This is a general life advice".
As I was repeatedly failing at mastering the movements in style, my frustration was growing, and I wondered how it was like for her when she started to practice:
"It was exactly the same.
Actually, the silks are my favourite types of acrobatics BECAUSE they are the most challenging (in my opinion), not like the trapeze or aerial hammock, on which you can sit and rest.
So keep pushing until you reach "the wall".
The wall... It got me thinking.
Anything new is difficult at first.
Like climbing a wall. It gets more and more difficult as you go. You do not see the end of it. You think about the pain. You're close to giving up.
Until you eventually reach a turning point.
"When you get to the other side of the wall, you get more pleasure.
You feel more comfortable, strong, aware of your body. You find muscles you didn't know you had or needed.
You feel like possibilities are endless, there is no finish line.
You can keep being creative and do new things".
I have kept this symbol in mind ever since that day.