But here I was on an early Saturday morning heading into NYC to participate in the Guinness Book of World Records official attempt at the "Most People Doing a Handstand". Life held out this big, fat, juicy colorful carrot and off I was to Foley Square, and the experience was positively positive, hilarious and I couldn't stop smiling and laughing. The contrast of the physical, cardiovascular and muscular demands - extremely high - with the stunt-like, attention-grabbing nature of butts in the air along Lafayette Street struck me funny and made me happy.
The questions during the event by my follow participants and that followed were interesting. How many people are here? Will we get the much-coveted 400 people to beat the old record? How many were there? Did we succeed? Did you succeed? How long did I personally stand on my hands? How long did everyone else stand on their hands? Did we all need to hold the handstand at the exact same time? When will we find out?
It's so interesting to observe the human mind at work, constantly measuring and weighing, looking for the weak link or chink. And of course that's exactly what the Guinness Book of Records people will be doing when they replay the video of the several hundred of us out there, jumping up to catch a pocket of air, and even fewer of us being able to hold that advanced pose.
But whether we succeeded seems beside the point. People who couldn't stand on their hands were there, people of all ages and abilities turned out, people were willing to take a chance, try and participate in this group endeavor. I was next to a woman who could barely get a leg up and I almost fell on top of her during one attempt of mine, legs akimbo and giggling through promises not to hurt her. In return I asked if she needed a "leg up" so to speak and held her legs while she experienced being upside down for a few seconds. As she tumbled out of it, she had the biggest smile on her face.
I have a hunch we didn't succeed in our quest, but I learned something about this pose: you cannot help but be happy getting on those hands. The best experiences don't often match our Earthly gauges of success.