This is my first time ever posting anything, so bear with me!
I started parkour about a week ago, and it has been the coolest thing I have ever done in my life! (Besides belly dancing...) I decided to try parkour while I was still in school a few weeks ago. (I just graduated) I have never had very many friends and I very rarely hung out with people. I have never felt like I belonged anywhere. I was the really quiet kid who always got good grades and got teased for being too smart. One day I overheard a bunch of kids gossiping about a group of people that called themselves the " Freedom Runners". I thought it sounded kind of silly at first, but then that very same day after school I actually saw them. They were a group of graduates who all did parkour together in the small town I went to school in.
I was hanging out at the library after school and I happened to glance out the window, and there they were. It may sound corny, but it was one of those moments in your life where everything seems to happen in slow motion, you know? They were vaulting and jumping off of ledges and rolling and flipping... The looks on their faces while they did it showed me that they clearly experienced a freedom that other people don't. As shy and as silly as I felt, I found myself putting down my book and going outside before I could stop myself. They all kind of chuckled at me as I stood there staring like a moron.
I asked what they were doing and they broke it down for me. Now here I am, doing my best to learn and keep up with them. They are all older than me and I'm actually the youngest member of the group. Looking back, I try to imagine what my life would be like if I hadn't went outside that day.