Friday, February 19, 2010

Day 138

My trainer once said to me "a gift is not a gift unless you have to sign a waiver". I think she said that in response to my hot air ballooning experience which was a 40th birthday present. I contemplated that yesterday as I set some goals for the remainder of my 40th year. As I watch it slip away towards 41 I want to be sure I have some pretty serious waiver-esque experiences under my belt. Why? Buggered if I know. It just seems kind of youthful, and risky, and challenging. Don't we all need a bit of that in our lives? Besides, it's kind of nice to see the world from different angles. Like from great heights and upside down and zooming past and all that.

So as I sat on my back deck I thought about what I have done, what I am doing, and what I have yet to do.

Waiver-esque things that I have done: sky-diving, Sydney Harbour Bridge climb, Statue of Liberty, swimming with dolphins, jet boating, hot air ballooning, Grand Canyon, driven across the USA on the wrong side of the road, patted a crocodile, cuddled a snake, had a big hairy spider climb all over me (that was unexpected and not by choice), ridden a camel, fed a giraffe, experienced every ride at Disney (4 times), attended pole dancing classes, been on the roof at home, snorkelled in Hawaii with sea turtles (that's HUGE for me because Jaws completely ruined my ocean bravado for life), and attended the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. These experiences may not seem waiver-esque on the surface but they can certainly take you out of your comfort zone and really challenge your vertigo. Those giraffes have long licky slimy blue tongues which wrap around the carrots and your hand as you try to feed them. And the mardi gras! Well, I was continually stroked on the head with a feather by a a large woman in body hugging black leather with the boobs cut out and a dildo strapped to her crotch. And she had the same long licky slimy blue tongue which she flicked at me with every stroke of the feather. Very waiver-esque experiences.

What I am doing: well I am off to trapeze in 10 days (yikes) and I am going to climb Mount Kosciusko in a few weeks (it may not be the top of the world, but it's the top of the world as we know it in the land of Aus). Plus I guess boot camp is waiver-esque. Yes it actually is. We do sign waivers every month. Huh. And coaching cheerleading and having to do cartwheels, cheer jumps, dive rolls and deal with cheerleaders and their parents is quite life threatening. Especially now that we have well over 100 kids who have signed up.

What I have yet to do: everything else!

So as I sat on the back deck watching the kids play I thought about what I could add to my list to help make my 40th birthday year complete. What can Deep Fried Fruit do to expand the ol' zone. And then I saw it!! Remember that trampoline the kids got for Christmas that took us an eternity to erect (when it could have taken just a few minutes had we read the instructions)?! Well that is it. So I ordered the kids off and I climbed aboard. And I started to bounce. And then I got off, went inside, put on a bra, and returned. I bounced and bounced and bounced. I went on my bum, to my knees and back to my feet. The dizzies were pretty extreme (how the hell am I going to handle trapeze?) but I managed to put the vertigo to the side and kept on bouncing. The kids of course were delighted and as I peered around the backyard looking at my regular world from a different perspective I could see the neighbours peering over their fences to watch. Giggles were plenty and most of them were coming from me.

As I type this and squint due to my trampoline inflicted headache, I realise that many of our waiver-esque experiences are right in our back yard. Whether they be sitting on the roof, climbing a tree, walking up a hill, patting a spider, learning to dive roll, or simply strapping on a pair of roller skates, or trying out the family tramp (no, not your second cousin, I mean the trampoline), we can have comfort-zone-growth without having to travel too far to do it.

Having said all that, does anyone out there have some waiver-esque, not too expensive, close to home challenges for me? Please don't say swimming with sharks. My kids have no fear of the ocean as they have never seen Jaws. I have seen Jaws and I poo my pants at the slightest ocean shadow. That's why you normally see me lying on a sun lounge with a book (or chasing a projectile umbrella ...)


  1. High Ropes. If there is a local scout campy type of outward boundy type of place near-ish? Oh wow. I have not expeienced as many waiver-esque type things as you, and I dreaded this one, but cannot WAIT to leap of faith again....

  2. Leanne thanks for the inspiration to get off my butt and go back to boxing, your blog the other day encouraged me. The one where you wore your training gear to bed!!! Oh and Birrigai has a climbing rope course- I did it in 2008, pretty damm challenging climb too.

  3. Thanks ladies! Climbing ropes it is then. I am totally putting that on my list. And you also made me think of rock-climbing/ab-sailing. Yep. There is another one. I knew you would come up with something :)

  4. For a different, but i'm sure still very exhilerating challenge (with waivers involved) how about signing up for a course where you get to drive fast around a race track. My friend bought this for her husband. I'm such a nanna on the road, i reackon it would be awesome to be a little 'Top Gear' for a day!

  5. Wow, what an amazing list of things you have done. I am in absolute awe!


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