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Handstands Make Me Happy


“Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes them meaningful.” -Anonymous

Yesterday after class I hung around the studio and worked on my handstand in Studio B. I was talking to a couple of other people while I did it and decided to try the one where I have my chest toward the wall, hands on the floor, feet on the wall and then shift my weight forward into my hands, letting my toes ever so slightly begin to move away from the wall. I slowly shifted forward, lifted one leg, found my balance and then began to lift the other one. Soon, I had both legs in the air and held my handstand for a few seconds. The others were watching and cheered at my accomplishment! (Keep in mind that I was yelling, “Look! Look! Look!” while I did it.

I cartwheeled my feet to the floor, and then jumped up and down with my arms in the air. “Oh my gosh!” I said enthusiastically. “That’s the longest I’ve ever held it! I still remember my first time trying to do that and I couldn’t begin to get my big toe away from the wall. This is why I love doing handstands!” Such jubilation!

And it’s not just the fact that I got both my legs in the air that makes me keep wanting to do handstands. It’s the fact that I’ve been working on it for years and it truly gets better and better every single time I do it. It’s seeing and feeling my progress. It’s knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that persistence does indeed pay off.

It’s so close now I can feel it.

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