August 14, 2012

Not A Model Weekly Mantra - Vulnerability

Last week, I took a flying trapeze class. 

Yes, you read that correctly. I wouldn't even tell my roommates in fear that they would tease me about it. I read about the Trapeze School of New York (TSNY) in a Kate Spade New York city guide. I also quickly remembered that this was the same school that the fictional Carrie Bradshaw attended in Season 6 of Sex and the City.

How could I not try it out?

As I chalked up my hands and climbed up what felt like the longest ladder, I thought to myself, What the heck are you doing? As I left the platform and swooped downward, I was absolutely terrified. I did, however, end up getting my legs up and let go so that I was hanging upside down! I never thought I would make it that far.

On my trapeze team I met two 17 year old seniors in high school. They looked at me with utter disbelief when they realized that I came to this class without a friend or partner.

"Oh-my-gosh. I would never do this alone," they both chimed.

In high school, I probably wouldn't even sit solo in a coffee shop so I wasn't offended by their sentiment. I find that with time, people either get more comfortable in their habits or more fearless in their search to feel something new. I hope I continue to search for the latter.  

This week's mantra is as follows:

"Don’t mask or deny your vulnerability: it is your greatest asset. Be vulnerable: quake and shake in your boots with it. The new goodness that is coming to you, in the form of people, situations, and things can only come to you when you are vulnerable and open." - Stephen Russell

Try to carry this quote with you through this week. Seek a new adventure or do one small thing outside your comfort zone today. You never know what's at the top of the seemingly slippery ladder. xx


  1. Heck yes! Love all of this. I was recently reminded that we tend to hunch over when we're feeling too vulnerable, so as to protect our heart center. Nothing like flying through the air to counteract any desire to hunch & protect :) x