Running away to join the San Jose Circus
I have run away this weekend and joined the circus. The dream of every young kid. It was our first taste that life could be exciting, daring and adventurous. I love when I really get to immerse myself in the lives of others and I am most looking forward to getting to experience a bit of a lifestyle that seems to exist in this flying trapeze of another world.
I understand a lot of viewers will wonder how this is a Great Weekend — doing something no one can do (unless of course you join the circus) but for me it’s that behind-the-scenes look at other people’s lives that really can round out a travel experience. Usually the show is comprised of the accessible and the immersive to give you a full perspective of why travel is so important.â€¨
There was also a sense of time travel as well. To go back to a time and feel like a child who has snuck into the Big Top to watch the clowns, acrobats and trapeze artists not only rehearse, but hang-out, gossip, relax and eat. Even behind-the-scenes with no make-up or sequined costumes the magic is still there. And what magic there was …â€¨ â€¨
Watching as well as participating in putting up the Big Top, you can’t help but marvel at the fact that they assemble their own world, create it from scratch. Very similar to our childhood days of make believe of making forts and living out fantasies. Once the big top is up, the children play, the fire-breathers walk their dog and head to the mall for new sneakers. I couldn’t comprehend how they could live such a transient existence. Completely forgetting my own rambling state. But when they told me that when they have a month off between seasons they all begin to get antsy I knew exactly what they meant. I am constantly longing for home and excited for new experiences. Life is a trapeze act. Sometimes you make it and sometimes you fall.
My favorite part of the weekend actually didn’t make the show. It was after my trapeze rehearsal which had to be done around 10pm after the show, as well as after the heat of the sun. The Big Top now empty of guests was a community center of sorts for all the performers. Everyone gathered even all the kids. In the beginning I thought how tough it must be for children to have this life but there they were jumping on the trapeze net and eating the leftover cotton candy and popcorn. What a life.