This article “4 Reasons Why Trying Parkour Can Ruin Your Self-Esteem” by Daniel O’Brien made me laugh out loud four times this morning. I really want you to read it because (1) it’s very well-written; (2) I think it will make you laugh, too; and (3) it’s an embarrassing-blow-by-embarrassing-blow account of his experiences at a parkour gym, and it’s always fun to find someone else who fails so spectacularly, they come all the way around the other end of the spectrum to awesomely cool.
Friends, you know I walk around pretending to be a Secret Agent on a Very Delicate Mission most of the time. And Dave and I spend a fair amount of time waiting for our mutations and/or super powers to kick in. My recent triumph over wall handstands is only the latest in a long line of attempts to get over my fear of bounding, jumping, swinging, and flinging myself upside down so that I can take full advantage of my superhuman skills when they start showing up.
A few years ago, I did some parkour play with Dave and Randall Setzler from CrossFit Central. I’m pretty sure this photo captured the only moment I smiled that entire day. I was scared, embarrassed, tired, intimidated. But I look back on that day fondly, mostly because the pain of the humiliation has faded. You can read all about it right here.
Other Tales of Misadventures
That day wasn’t the only time I worked on developing my super skills. There was also the time I…
… needed to start using the word frexciting
… got into mischief in San Antonio
… pretended to be badass in a fountain in San Antonio
All of which just reminds me that it’s been a while since I did something stupid outdoors, and I’m really looking forward to our return trip to Prague so I can use the cobblestones, hidden stairways, and cool weather to test whether or not my super powers have evolved. All the time I’m spending in the air conditioning this summer, hiding from the 100+ temps, is really just my attempt to conserve my powers until they’re needed in Eastern Europe. You know how it is for us secret agents.
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