The International Church of slacklife
Apr 17, 2018

My Slack Experience

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Edited: Apr 17, 2018

Hello! My name is Chloé Hart and I was first introduced to slacklining about a year and a half ago by some pretty incredible people. I met Josh Beaudoin, Davis Hermes, and Martín Hernandez at Floyd Fest in a small area dedicated to slacklining. While I had previous knowledge of what slacklining was, I had never really taken the initiative to learn the sport. After being taught by these new found friends, slacklining has become a large part of my life... from learning new tricks to teaching others the basics. I never considerend myself a religious individual, I just couldn't find anything that fit who I was. I am so grateful for this church because I absolutely view slacklining as a religion. The community around slacklining is so beautiful and I have met so many amazing people through this community. To say that I am a member of a religious organization such as this is so empowering and exciting. I know this is an environment where I can think freely and express myself among loving, wild, and eccentric individuals, the best type of people to be surrounded by! Slacklining has become an outlet for me, I use it to find peace at times when I find myself struggling. It strengthens not only the body, but the mind in so many ways. Slacklining is an escape for me; I can take my focus off of all of the other problems in life and put all of my attention into reaching a goal, which usually means reaching the other side.

 

Apr 17, 2018

So so beautifully written! <3 I too had seen slacklining around before I ever tried it, but assumed it was stupid or that it wasn't as hard as it looked. Boy was I wrong. The first time I stepped on the line was a damn humbling experience...and it continues to be even 4 years later.

Apr 18, 2018

An excellent way to survive awful meetings is strong memories of slacklining.

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