Today was funny. Funny ha ha.
I taught swimming first thing for two hours then went to the park for a picnic. It was a scorcher of a day. I could really get used to this. Anyway, when I was teaching, Penguins, I asked them to do handstands as a fun last activity.
It’s easy in the water, the water holds you up. But I could never do them on dry land. In asking the kids to do a handstand, I showed them a sort of attempt at one.
The life guard got a bit of a fright and thought I was going to do a full handstand. I said I’d probably fall and break my neck if I tried it. So he offered to help me and catch me. Luckily I declined. Lol. It was swimming lessons after all, not gymnastics.
In the park, I played a bit of frisbee with a bent frisbee (not very successfully because it was bent lol). It was a really nice day, sunny and warm (25′C) with a nice breeze. Nice wee picnic and chat.
Then I decided that I would try and do handstands. I was never good at gymnastics when I was younger. I think I tried it once and gave up.
But I know from teaching swimming that if you want to learn how to do something you need to practice, practice, practice. You’ll probably be bad at the start and fail quite a few times, but if you stuck at it and practice lots you might become good at it.
That’s the idea anyway.
I tried once, then twice. And I clattered to the ground comedy style … With a car passing, the driver laughing out loud at me. Funny, it was.
Then I tried again…
And again… I was laughing too much…
And quite a few more times, maybe 20 or so… I took my flip flop off, and tried to get my legs together…
And… Hey presto!
I did it!!
And a few more times… nearly…
Then I was getting tired and couldn’t get it right again. I must have been doing it for about half an hour or so.
How do you learn to do handstands?
It might have been good if I’d have learned to do it as a kid, but now that I’m just a big kid ;-), all it should take is practice, practice, practice!
And here’s a few YouTube videos which might help:
How good are the two little girls by the way?!! :-O
Perhaps if I try hard and practice I’ll get as good as them?? Pffft!
Practice, practice, practice!! mmmmmm.