Carrie Bradshaw said it best when she wrote,
When you’re young, your whole life is about the pursuit of fun. Then you grow up and learn to be cautious. You could break a bone or a heart. You look before you leap and sometimes don’t leap at all because there’s not always someone there to catch you. In life, there’s no safety net. When did it stop being fun and start being scary.
In this episode of Sex and the City (SATC), titled The Catch, Carrie learns about caution, evaluating risk, and letting go. After much disappointment, Carrie finally is successful in letting go and stretches her arms out to another for an unsuccessful catch. She falls and learns a valuable lesson. She does have a safety net after all.
I’ve always found it interesting how parallels can be drawn from one thing to another like this. I first watched this episode of SATC one year ago. This was when I made a conscious decision to take a swing at trapeze flying myself.
For me, the leap (or hop rather) off the platform was truly the hardest part. I did not go on first command. Feeling an overwhelming sensation of fear running through my body when I heard the signal and did not jump. My inner-voice questioned the command, “Did he just say ‘hep’?” After all, one would not want to jump unless all safety measures were in place.