Shaking things up. Rage, rage against the comfort zone!

I’ve embraced it. We are one, this midlife crisis and me. But we will not go gentle into that good night. Instead it seems, somehow, that I’ve lately acquired a taste for adrenalin, through fairly unexpected channels.

Mumabulous, while I respect and admire your comfort zone perimeter (with all those hot men living inside) and commitment to thinking inside the box (since I’m a big fan of things that come in boxes myself), I’m going to have to contradict your ‘hit the ground walking’ theory. Lately I’m kind of in the mood to run before I can walk. Like a baby. Maturity has never been such a strong point for me. This mood is quite lucky, since I somehow landed on the radio today, in an interview on the ABC Afternoons radio show in Adelaide with Sonya Feldhoff. WHAT? I know. Random. And I LOVE randomness.

Swinging upside down on the parallel bars at the local YMCA where little A does gym, like some kind of hairless orangutang, I flipped down this morning, red-faced, just to check my emails and found one requesting an interview 4 hours later. Sure? Why not? I had a head full of blood so I was sure to be thinking clearly. It was to talk about the stupid things we do when we’re tired, and I am clearly an expert on the subject matter. I was the perfect choice.

I’m glad I did it. Sonya was lovely and the buzz!!! I’d forgotten how much I love adrenalin (especially when preceded by abject terror and stage fright). No, actually, I hadn’t. Only two weeks ago I stood up on stage (hmmm… ok, that time slightly more immune to the pitches of my nerves, numbed by the dulcet thrums of alcohol’s music) to sing to a packed bar, with my knees knocking. Climbing down from the stage? The SAME BUZZ. Knees shaking with adrenalin, and grinning from ear to ear.

I’m finding the pinky purple hair I’m sporting this month (read, post-birthday) is more a mindset than a hairstyle. It’s impossible to get into a tracky-pant wearing mummish slump when I catch sight of myself in the mirror. I can pretend to myself I’m still bucking some trend, of what? I’m still not sure. Enough people go ‘woah, what happened to your hair?’ and ‘that’s a bit wild’ for me to get shaken out of any funky mood I might be slipping into. You can’t walk around all droopy-faced with pink hair. So I don’t, even if I want to. It’s the nicer version of someone saying ‘Hey, smile. Life’s not that bad.’ Except I said it to myself with an inconsequential little stripe of hair dye.

Does trapeze also throw in upside-down men like these? Sign me up.

Shaking things up is FUN. If this is a mid-life crisis, I think I’ll keep it for a while. I’m not sure what’s next, but I think I’ll have to give trapeze a go. I really, really like hanging upside down. And falling? I reckon that would be even better.

xx

44 thoughts on “Shaking things up. Rage, rage against the comfort zone!

  1. Hi K, my ex-husband looked like a laid back hippy but was very image conscious and uptight. Life with him was very restrained. So as a gay divorcee, I’m committed to taking life by the balls and having a crack at any high jinx that come my way. (hows that – balls and crack in one sentence – I’m a crazy laydee). Luckily, my new gorgeous man lives every day like its his last. Thanks for your fun post.
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  3. As you know I’m also enjoying my mid-life crisis this year but reading your post has made me realise I really need to pick up my game! Radio interviews, purple hair – you’re totally showing me up at the moment.

    But that’s cool – starting a blog was only stage 1 of my midlife crisis, so I think I’m now ready to “level up” on a few of the other things expecially the purple hair ;)
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  4. With this shifty Sydney summer weather that just won’t quit I’m out of my comfort every freaking day at the moment. And it is so not as much fun as the comfort zone stepping out of you are doing! I’m lookin forward to being able to do a bit of it myself in just over a years time! I think I need to schedule me a mid-life crisis!

    • Dude – who are you kidding? I saw that photo of you at DPCON singing into your mobile;) But yes – when you schedule your midlife crisis for next year, let me know and we’ll make a weekend of it!

    • Hey nice work Becc! I’ll check it out. That’s awesome! You should TOTALLY join me for the trapeze expedition – I even have a date. 17 May. Think about it…. Xx

    • I can just see us when we’re 80 Em, going to the OTHER kind of A anonymous while our loved ones try and get us to stop jumping off things :) The interview was an afternoon talkback segment on the things people do when they’re really tired – just fluffy stuff, but they’d found my blog post on the topic and it gave them a laugh so it was a bit of a chat about some of those dumb tired things we do. Xx

    • Judging by the funk I slipped into around my 35th birthday, I think it is. I just hope there’s no downturn around the corner. Hopefully I’m not on a rollercoaster… Go get some pink or purple hair – it is FUN. :)

  5. Go girl! Even if you can’t get involved in some official trapeze type gig I reckon monkey bars and random cartwheels are what keeps you young. I’ve been working on my cartwheeling regularly lately – since my girls are at THAT age. I’m hopeless. There’s a lot of falling down and sore wrists, but somehow it just makes me feel good. Embrace your crisis!
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    • I love that you’re scrubbing up on your cartwheeling abilities – mine are and always have been rubbish. I was stoked when I made it across the monkey bars recently. Small things!

    • If you start wearing one, I’m afraid we’ll have to stop speaking. Harsh, but necessary. I will also Rage, Rage, against the onesie!!

  6. You GO girl. I’ve never been an adrenaline junkie even as a youngster, so I’m certainly not about to start now.

    Would have loved to have heard your radion gig, though.

    • Thanks Ness. I was taking comfort with my nerves over the radio thing in the fact that NOT many people would have heard it! One of the things that helps me write do freely too. If I think everyone’s watching or listening, I freeze up!!

  7. Def give the trapeze a go – Sydney is getting ifly (whoohoo!) so all sorts of activities to tickle flights of fancy (see what I did there?). Midlife crises are trickier than expected but necessary preparation for the next more depressing stage – so squash in as many activities as you can, I say!

    • I am!!! Locked and loaded for May. Pray tell, what is ifly? Is it the indoor skydiving thing? Oooooh I hope so! I saw what you did.. Noice work. I’m scared to ask about this next depressing stage…. So I won’t.

  8. Shirtless Fass be all the adrenalin I currently need. That said your mid life crisis is very entertaining to watch from my comfort zone. As for your radio interview – a well a well a well a uh – tell me more, tell me more.
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    • I’m glad I can provide you with some entertainment should the well of shirtless Fass ever run dry. (God forbid). The radio thing was a blast – but is not likely to lead to any Danny/Sandy duets any time soon I don’t think!!!

    • Thanks Rhianna. I’m going to give trapeze a go, in May. Because, why not? I’ve always wanted to. You should do it too! X

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