Letting Go & Flying High

I want to talk about my trapeze swing experience in 2020 which was a novel way to escape and find myself. Here are some words that I came up with when thinking about this experience I recently had flying literally high above the air on a trapeze. I thought about timing. It took patience, guts, and mostly courage. Trusting, both in myself and the process...

Letting Go & Flying High

Written By:
Tyler Skinner

I want to talk about my trapeze swing experience in 2020 which was a novel way to escape and find myself. Here are some words that I came up with when thinking about this experience I recently had flying literally high above the air on a trapeze. I thought about timing. It took patience, guts, and mostly courage. Trusting, both in myself and the process. Listening and inner knowing. Having fun and playing around. Being in the moment, feeling free going with the flow. Listening to others and trusting their expertise to accomplish something. Mostly, it was trying something new and really embracing the unknown. I think what I learned in this process is leaning into something so out there. I learned a lot about myself, and that I actually can do hard things I never thought were possible. I'm usually okay with uncertain outcomes and taking on challenges but because of this experience of being completely out of my body, a little bit out of my mind, I began to feel myself getting a flow, into a heart centered place, and being strong physically and mentally so that my body can actually do things that I never thought they could while realizing that I'm actually stronger than I thought I was. The whole time, I was actually being curious and playful. Being used to being in my head most days, I asked myself in preparation on the platform, What's gonna happen? What could this mean for me? What outcomes are there for this? But then, I started seeing others do it and the questions shifted to What if I just let go and have fun? What am I going to experience and learn? What can I do with that? I learned real quickly that it's not always good to overthink or analyze a situation that maybe we can…just. Let. Go.


And you know what happened then?

I had a great time. I was shaking it up for the first time in a long time and mixing up things you know? Not doing the same thing anymore. It was as if getting rid of that boredom and shaking that off felt like shedding my skin and kind of morphing into something different. That's exactly how it felt. And what did I let go of in this process? I let go of self doubt, fear, that inner critic or inner voice of sadness and despair. I let go of control, and that was a huge one for me. In a world full of chaos it sometimes feels like we have to control everything in order to feel secure. So letting go of that just felt so freeing. And I also let go of myself or more importantly, the person I thought I had to be in order to truly experience that moment and embrace the unknown self discovery. By letting go of myself I mean that I let go of all of my preconceived notions of what this experience could bring me. For the first time, I really listened. I listened to the coaches, I listened to my own inner voice of excitement, not of fear or judgment, but of excitement, like what is this feeling? And what if I just did it and dropped off that platform and didn't even think about it? What would happen then? There’s a beautiful quote that I just love and I’ll share it now. “But what if I fall? Oh, darling, but what if you fly?” ~

So perfect right?

So, I'm standing up on this platform looking down, you know, hundreds of feet or so it feels like. I'm thinking again Wow, this is really scary, but so have a lot of other things been in my life, especially this year. If I just let go, what's the worst that can happen? And you know what? There's a safety net there to catch me in case I fall. So what's the worst that could happen? For all of you out there kind of wondering, and battling with your own What if’s and struggling and dealing with some hard stuff because we've been through some hard stuff. All of us have. What if we let go? And we just lean into it. And we see what happens. Could we come out the other side, a completely different person? Changed, new perspective, new way of opening up and thinking about life, the world, our business and our families. What if we just do that? What's the worst that's gonna happen? I want to challenge you to try something new today. Don’t wait. Take a chance and shake things up in your life and just see what happens. Because what you could experience like flying high and being caught in air on a trapeze, could be something more amazing and magnificent than you ever thought possible.

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