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« on: August 22, 2014, 08:05 PM »

I posted this on Google+ but thought I might share it here as well:

I've been flying kites now for about 14 years. I had a great start, being able to fly with a great group of people (TISKK) in a great location (Treasure Island, FL). People often ask me why I fly kites. I know why... but I've never been able to really explain it to anyone. I think that is because it's more of a feeling then anything else... and it's difficult to explain a feeling.

There is something poetic about flying kites. It's graceful... it's tranquil.. it's liberating. For me, it seems to push everything away for that time that I'm flying and I'm just flying. I'm not thinking about any problems in my life at the time. I'm just watching this puff of fabric glide gracefully through the air.

But it's also the people that fly kites. We are a strange oddity. It's a comfort to be around other people who understand that. We don't seem to judge each other. We just like to do what we are doing.

There are many days when I'll head out to a flying field and it's just me. I'll put up some single line kites and/or I'll fly a multi-line kite. All that that pressure, anger, worry, etc. will just flow out of me while I'm out on the field. I'll pack up and drive off felling refreshed.

Perhaps that is why I've been flying kites all these years.

I hope for many more.
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2014, 09:03 PM »

Well said!

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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2014, 01:49 PM »

Yeah.....what he said!

I started flying kites as an adult on Easter Sunday.   We'd buy cheap kites for the kites and my kids, and nieces/nephews would fly.   It's been our Easter tradition now for over 20 years.    The cheapo SLKs lead to better kites.   I fly most of the time on my own like the OP said.    It's peaceful and a great stress reliever. 
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