No wind no worries, in celebration of our first ever KB4girls Global Female Kite Day the Charleston Chapter took to the skies with an aerial fit class. What is aerial fit (www.aerialfit.com)? Well, basically it’s Circus training, and one of the most exciting new activities to try in Charleston. As our group walked thru the doors of the garage style building, we were smitten by immense ceilings, colorful hanging silks, ropes, hoops, and bars. The focus of our class, was learning how to navigate your body thru and around a hanging metal hoop by learning proper hand grips and leveraging body mechanics. Was it amazing? Indeed, and even those of us who entered worried and unsure left smiling and accomplished.
Each time I venture into an activity I’ve never done before, I am reminded: being a beginner is awesome. Whhaaaaat!!! You might be saying, who likes to be clumsy, unsure, and out of their element? Well, I guess I do, because it can be an equally amazing place to be. Allowing yourself to tumble in a million different awkward directions is fun, if you can stop putting pressure on yourself to be “the perfect beginner”. Plus, being out of your comfort zone leaves you jazzed once you’ve finally made it thru the experience.
Why am I sharing this story with you? Because I want to encourage those of you who have been kiting for many years to pick an activity to be a beginner at again. To be at the start of a journey, to be in a place of full potential. It’s a breath of fresh air and cultivates an inner push you can bring back to your kiting to reach for that next skill set.
For those at the beginning stages of kiting that may be embarrassed or worried about being seen as a “beginner”, remember that the start of a journey is wonderful place. All is possible, as you have yet to come against your own physical and mental plateaus. Enjoy and relish this phase because soon it will pass and you may end up on the slippery slope of trying to impress others or beating yourself up because you’re not as good as someone who has been kiting for the same length of time. So, wherever you are on your kiting journey, throw in a dash of different and a pinch of acceptance and watch what happens.
For all those girls working hard to grow, support, and up lift others in the journey of kiting, thank you! Without the support of such a great group of women locally and globally, kiteboarding and all those involved would not be the same. And, while the Charleston KB4girls Charleston Chapter did not leave the water sun kissed on December 1st, 2013 as we had hoped, we did end the day soaked in potential, covered in smiles, and….well….we still caught plenty of air!