When you were a kid, did you ever threaten to run away and join the circus? It's a staple of childhood threats and wishes -- the dream of freedom that comes with dressing up in a fantastic costume and performing amazing feats.
Now that you're an adult it may seem a little less feasible to run off with the big top. But there's no reason to give up on that dream! There are many troupes around the world who offer classes in everything from trick horseback riding to trapezery. (I'm not sure that's a word, but whatever…)
In Seattle there are several such as the Anunnaki Project which teaches dance trapeze, fabric, aerial sling, and hoop. It's as easy as figuring out what you want to do -- become a clown, perhaps? -- and googling [Your City] Clown Classes. Not only can you have a lot of fun, but you can get a great workout, meet some fantastic new people, and maybe even pick up a side job doing parties or performing with your teachers! Give yourself the gift of realizing a bit of that childhood dream -- mix it up and take circus classes today!
(Photo taken at the Brazilian Academy of Circus in Sao Paulo by jacsonquerubin from flickr.com's Creative Commons photostream.)