After watching the 2008 Olympics, I have to say that I am happy that my girls are circus performers.
In circus, when you slip a bit and recover, style, and smile, people APPLAUD!!! (No one deducts .10 of a point.)
In circus, they assume that you will drop your juggling clubs, fall off the unicycle, or drop a ball. You plan for it. We mess up. Ain’t that cool?!
Circus has great vocabulary: Lyra. Spanish Web, Trapeze, Silks, Teeterboard, Style, Circus hands.
The top ten things that circus performing can teach you:
10. Be flexible.
9. No matter how short your routine, perform like you really mean it.
8. The world is cool when you are upside down.
7. When you are spinning round and round really fast, held on by your ankle and you are having the time of your life – remember to smile.
6. Trust yourself. Trust your team. Trust (but verify) your equipment.
5. Life really is all about storytelling (and physics).
4. Expect to screw up; be prepared.
3. When you screw up, style! (Big flourish, big smile, yeah, I SO meant to do that!)
2. Juggling. It’s what we all do every day: words, expectations, tasks. If you don’t know how it’s done, you can be easily fooled by a master (just read Haroun and the Sea of Stories).
1. Clowning is serious business.