TGIF: Doing hard things

For the past couple of months, I've been back at aerial classes. Specifically lyra (aerial hoop). When I started aerial two years ago, I instantly fell in love with this particular apparatus. It felt more natural, more me. And I hated the silks. They were just pretty reminders of failed rope climbs.

Unfortunately, the class schedule changed and school started. Now the only classes I can fit in are static trapeze and aerial fabric foundations. Which brings me to last night's class. Staring at the silks and the hammock feeling completely incompetent. About half way through class, my brain hit overload and I just could not learn anything more. Which was fine since my grip strength was completely gone. 

At one point I thought to myself that I would just stop going until I was able to make it back to lyra class. And then a voice said, "Wow, are you going to be like that? Someone who quits something because it's hard the first day." Fuck no! I will never love silks as much as the lyra, but what I learn in this class can be transferred to another apparatus. And the strength I gain from silks will definitely help. So here's to more silks in my future.

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That's it for this week. Have a great holiday weekend if you're in the States!


Jacki Hayes is a reader, writer, and artist in Des Moines, IA. She loves Marvel movies, hiking with her dogs, and reading young adult fantasy novels. In her spare time, you can find her lifting heavy things or taking aerial hoop lessons.

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