> 2) how would you get on it?
with practice. It is the challenge of learning that makes it worthwhile.
> 4) we won’t have room to keep it
you can be creative. I’ve kept mine hanging up-side-down from the ceiling,
or in the coat closet.
> 5) you won’t be able to take it to college next year
Why not? I’m at college now. My room usually has 4 or 5 unicycles and a
bicycle in it. (My room is about 10x12 feet) If you are creative about
managing your space, that’s no problem at all.
Another thing to consider, college students are generally broke. If you
had the unicycle, and got good at it, you could do some shows. That could
bring in a few bucks.
Ok, one more college item, if you can afford to buy the unicycle without
your parents help, put that money aside. When you go to college, buy the
unicycle. If your parents come to visit, just say it’s your roommate’s
> 6) you’ll look like a goon
Isn’t self esteem about not caring how others might consider your
appearance? If you have the confidence to not care, that’s great. I’ve
been juggling for 3 years, and unicycling for 2. Both have done amazing
things for my confidence. I’ve spoken in front of audiences of 500, and it
hasn’t phased me at all.
> and they want to know WHY i want it. how am i supposed to answer that?!?
> i just DO!
I’m not sure you can. I’m sure every person on this group understands why,
but convincing someone who has no interest in riding is a huge challenge.
Look for things which interest your parents as much as unicycling
interests you. Music, perhaps? I’ve known people who’ve learned to play an
instrument, which got them interested in another, and now can play 4 or 5
different instruments quite well.
The last time I was home, my sister asked if I could teach her to juggle.
This amazed me – she had never had any interest before. She now knows the
basics. I don’t expect she will take it any farther than that. Before I
left, I noticed she was painting. She’s got some real artistic talent, but
makes use of it so rarely. She’s in grad school, has an internship, and
lives in a big city, so she doesn’t have much time. She said, though, that
she was going to do her best to make time for painting now. She said I was
her inspiration, because I do “fun” things (like unicycling and juggling),
so she will do her best to continue with the things she enjoys.
I find that unicycling (and juggling) provide me a break from class, and
thinking, and work – I have to think and work at unicycling, but it’s
different somehow. It provides a pause in other activities which allows me
to retain my sanity. I do not believe I’d be able to survive without a fun
way to challenge myself.
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