I want to run free

This is a short doc put together by some of my wonderful coursemates, Polly, Thea, Sian and Juliette. I particularly like the message that runs through it: we grow into constraints, and it’s only by being aware of them and pushing ourselves that we can realise they’re restrictive and hamper our ability to express ourselves and have fun. Especially in an urban environment, our lives are guided and we follow paths by instinct and training; seeing a new route isn’t always easy.

And now, here’s a picture of a car getting wet.

Canyon Creek Crossing

It's been 18 months since my Cape York adventure, but the memory's still vivid!

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9 thoughts on “I want to run free

  1. Did the car survive?

  2. Parkour is the type of activity someone would partake in if they weren’t already subdued on Ritalin (or something stronger). When they justify their juvenile attention seeking with feigned introspection and street escapism, they earn their right to a fatal beating. I balk at the kind of rhetoric these lone-wolf circus animals make for themselves and how we describe them. Some have even described their ‘vision’ as revolutionary and subversive – honestly?

    It’s obvious that your classmates were really trying to find something profound in the actions of a handful douchebags. Sure if you’re willing to show your ‘inner kid’, go against the social conventions of climbing things and scaling brick walls, you probably stand to risk hurting yourself or experiencing a small hit of adrenaline.
    We don’t need a demonstration, but seeings the assignment probably demanded you to prove a point why stop at free-running? Make an instructional video on how to steel from a widow, smother a baby, or snort cocaine. Anyone of those could be infinitely more subversive than free-running with toe-shoes.

    Call me ignorant and a little sadistic; but I enjoy watching them faceplant – they’re living their own metaphores; “head over heals”, “Arse over tit”, “breaking my neck”, “hit rock bottom”.

  3. Chris

    I think what attracts me to Parkour is the way it reminds me that we all have amazing physical abilities, especially when we are young. As someone not too far off 60, I realise that we let go of those abilities way too early, often without ever having tested our limits. It is convention that often forces us to do so. It would be ‘unseemly’ for a woman of ‘your age’ to climb a fence for a short cut, to break into a jog just because you feel like it, or to take two steps at a time when going upstairs. Result: atrophy of body, mind and spirit.
    I feel sorry for mattycoze, so judgmental. What has climbing walls and jumping over things got to do with stealing things and smothering babies? Yeesh!

    • I’m only just into my sixth decade myself, lagging behind you. Over the years the urges to run down the high street just for the hell of it have tailed off, each time accompanied by a self-admonishment not to be ‘foolish’.

      We need more foolish people, I think.

  4. it’s all about the smothering of babies.

  5. Matt, I’m shocked by your outburst, and if you continue in this vein, I’ll just start deleting your comments. What you’re saying is illogical and extreme. Parkour is a personal recreational activity which hurts no-one but occasionally the participants, and they have the right to take the risk.

    I hope you were drunk or trolling when you wrote that, because if not…yeesh indeed.

  6. Pendantry: no, alas that car did not! Our two cars made it through unscathed, but that Pajero was flooded quite badly in the end. Water seeped into a couple of the electrical components in the engine and we had to keep jump starting it just to get it to the next town (which was, admittedly, about 300km of rough road away)!

  7. Reblogged this on Engaging Talk and commented:
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