Day 61: A 270mph selfie

Being grateful for saying YES to a high-speed selfie:

Today I was excited for my first Artist’s Date in the city in a while: brunch and the flicks.

After brunch and a little bit of shopping, I was already feeling a bit fatigued. Thankfully I had some time before my film started, so I decided to sit in the Market Square and enjoy the sunshine.

I choose a place as far away as possible from the big white tent set up at one end of the Square. It was ablaze with Virgin Media banners, and teeming with marketing folk.

As I was quietly basking in the midday sun, a couple of said Virgin Media folk approached me and asked if I wanted a ‘high-speed selfie’.

I automatically shook my head. Partly due to my introverted shyness and partly due to cynicism; surely it was just a marketing ploy to get my details and bombard me with marketing material for years to come.

They got chatting to two tram drivers behind me who were on a break, and described how they could go into a booth and have a high-speed wind blown at their faces while having their photos taken. The bus drivers were game and were led over to the tent.

Hmmmmmmm… I was intrigued.

My adventurous side awakened, my sense of fun sparked.

Why not? I thought to myself.

How often would I get this opportunity? Would I get to the end of the day and regret not doing it? Why not just go and see what it’s all about?

So I wandered over to the tent and after a quick chat with one of the Virgin folk, I decided to go for it.

And I’m so glad I did, it was so much fun.

I took a seat and the wind machine began, starting gently and then quickly reaching its full power of 270mph.

What a blast!

It literally took my breath away.

It reminded me of my skydiving experiences, without the gorgeous view or sexy instructor strapped to my back, of course 😉

After 30 seconds it was all over, and I waited for my photos to be emailed to me and printed off. I know they’re not the most flattering of pics to be revealing to the world, but I think they’re just hilarious and wanted to share them for that reason alone.

I knew today was going to be a tiring day, and it was made even more so by this little unexpected adventure. But I’m really proud of myself for venturing out of my comfort zone, and I’m very, very happy I said YES!!

So with this in mind, my happy for today is being grateful for saying YES to a high-speed selfie.

10 thoughts on “Day 61: A 270mph selfie”

  1. Hahaha, I love this!!! Well done for going for it. It can be scary to step out of our little comfort bubbles but often so worth it. Proud of you and also inspired!! xx

  2. It makes you look like your rippling with muscles: a bodybuilder whose just successfully lifted a huge weight. I really like it and if I had one like that of myself I would definitely put on my bedroom wall as being a fellow ME ‘er’/ professional exhaustive I would love a photo that made me look so strong and healthy. Fantastic. I shall have to buy myself a windmachine! 🙂

    1. Ha Ha that’s so true lovely Clare.. I agree that it’s important to have reminders around us of how strong, brave and healthy we can be. I also have my skydiving pic up which reminds me that if I can jump out of a plane, I can do anything!
      Have fun with your new windmachine 🙂 Xxx

  3. The pics are great, Helen, and will serve to remind you of your decision to step outside your comfort zone (but then skydiving was way outside that zone!)
    I’ll bet you had to fix your hairdo after though. : )

    1. Thanks lovely Marlene. You’re so right. Do you know, I didn’t even think about my hair afterwards. I hope I didn’t scare anybody ha ha Xxx

  4. Good for you Helen! I’m so happy you decided to go for it. What a fun and very cool experience that you can now look back on and say “I did that!”

    1. Thank you lovely Emily 🙂 You’re so right. I’ve even put the photos up in my room to remind me and to make my smile Xxx

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