It’s just a jump to the left…

by statia on August 11, 2004

On my 22nd birthday, I wanted to see if I still “had it.” Had it meaning, I wanted to see if my amateur gymnast self still had the shit that it took to do certain things. I decided to see if I could still do a backbend and possibly a walkover. I somehow managed to do a backbend, and couldn’t get up. This ended my would be comeback career as a half-assed Mary Lou Retton.

Now nearing my 29th birthday, I am of course, a glutton for punishment. Entering my 30th year of life, I don’t want to admit certain shortcomings that age has brought forth. I want to think I still “got it.” Got what, I’m not sure. I’m happy if “got it” means a solid 7 hours of sleep a night, so that I can wake up refreshed and ready to battle corporate america. So tonight, I decided to prove that I was still young and nimble. I did a cartwheel in my living room (still empty, damn sofa), and realized that I had muscles that hadn’t been used in years.

I think I’ll go lay down now, and weep silently and give up the dreams of staying forever young while, hoping that I’m not in traction.


Ms. Pants August 11, 2004 at 9:08 pm

That’s kinda creepy dude. I’ve been totally wanting to do a cartwheel for like, the last week but haven’t really had the chance. (You’ve been in my living room. It is NOT cartwheel friendly.) Now I’m kinda afraid to try.

buddha August 11, 2004 at 9:10 pm


Serves you right…’ll feel that one in the morning.

rachel August 11, 2004 at 9:17 pm

Last time I tried a flip in the living room I ended up smashing my knee against my nose and bleeding all over the place. Yeah I’m not 14 anymore…

jaime August 12, 2004 at 11:05 am

HAHAHAHAAHA!!!! I did not only a cartwheel but a roundoff in front of my girls. Let me tell you, I think my groin still hurts. Once my groin muscles recovered I busted out with a toe touch to see if I still had it, yeah groin still hurts. But by god I DID IT!!

Jonathan August 13, 2004 at 7:51 pm

Well, at least you gave up on it. In the process sparing everyone else from having to remind you.

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