I did it! I did a handstand for the first time ever! It wasn’t the most beautiful handstand and it only lasted for about three seconds but I did it! I consistently did handstands against the wall where I tapped the wall with one foot for just a second and then held the handstand without touching the wall at all!
Let me explain…. I set a goal to do a handstand by my 65th birthday which will be in January 2014. My apologies to those who have patiently listen to me talk about my desire to accomplish this goal. J My new goal is to do a stronger, better and longer handstand by my birthday. In the meantime, I’m aware of how much I’m learning aside from how to do a handstand. Here’s what I mean…
I’ve learned how important it is to listen to and honor your feelings. I realized yesterday that I haven’t been comfortable practicing handstands at home because I don’t have a large enough space. In the back of my mind I was worried about crashing into my weight machine or the furniture or the plants. So, I went to the gym today when I knew that the group exercise room would be empty. I jumped rope for a few minutes to warm up. Then, I started.
I went through all the handstand prep suggestions that I’ve been watching on YouTube and I tried one suggestion after another. All that felt pretty good but I got impatient. I wanted to be doing my handstand more than I wanted to follow all the steps. So, I again honored my own feelings and took a walking approach to the wall. When I did that, I found myself doing a handstand! At first I wondered if it was just a fluke. So, a tried it again. I could repeat it over and over. I was so excited!
These are the things that I understand about this process.
- The time spent watching all those YouTube videos was very helpful. Hearing about the proper alignment and imagining doing the same steps made doing it much easier.
- On the other hand, trusting your own intuition is key.
- Getting to the “I did it” moment is the turning point. When you experience that moment, your picture of yourself includes the new accomplishment.
- Even though I only did a handstand for a few seconds, I now know how it feels which is huge. I realized that headstands and backbends aren’t that hard for me because I used to do them when I was younger. I’d never experienced in my own body what a handstand felt like before. But, now I have. Muscles have memory and I know I’ll have an easier time getting there now!
- I know it will take a long time to really do a good handstand but that’s totally ok with me. I know I’ll enjoy the process.
So, my hope is that you get to have lots of “I did it” moments. It doesn’t even matter what the goal is. Share your special moment with a friend if you’d like.
When you get one of those moments, stop and enjoy it.