The carefree girl in the photo above who is rope swinging represents summer, play and freedom, but how about learning?
Oh to climb a rope, to hang on to it, to take a leap of faith, to jump, to swing and to drop into a cold abyss of water.
But what else is going on?
Rope swinging involves coordinating your arms, torso and legs. It’s a full-body workout. It tests your body’s strength, creativity, self-confidence, stamina and perseverance. It requires balance. It’s involves timing, aerodynamics, gravity. It involves cause and effect, analytical reasoning and adrenaline. How does one manage their fear of: height, speed, trusting and letting go? If you’re with others while you do it, you’ll figure out whether you are a follower or a leader. And once you drop in the water, you’ll have to know how to: land without smacking your skin; relax from the startle of the cold water; hold your breath as you plunge deeply; and finally, swim to the surface. When you’re sore the next day, you’ll probably learn some human anatomy.
If you haven’t done this before, give it a try. But be certain that the body of water you plan to jump into is deep enough; and that there aren’t any rocks in the way.
You’re going to love your own nature and the one you’re in when you…swing on a rope.
Please share your ideas too. It’s more fun for me when you do.