When we as hoopers hit a wall we can't seem to get past -- burnout, a loss of motivation, frustration or, worse yet, the perception that we're not as good as other hoopers, or that we're not the hoopers we used to be or want to be -- we too tend to look to and at others, studying the YouTube videos ... pausing, rewinding, and forwarding in slow
motion, searching for some secret to hooping awesomeness as though it were hidden in between the frames. And while that new fabulous move or three may momentarily provide new inspiration or feeling of accomplishment, it's hard to hold on to. Once we've gotten it, or not, many of us find ourselves right back where we started, looking for something new.
Inevitably, each of us locates our favorite hoopers, the ones that completely astound us. And we know, too, that it's not exactly their "bag of tricks" that leaves us in awe. It's something else, something harder to put a finger on. These hoopers seem to move effortlessly and yet with purpose, playfully and yet with shades of deep meaning.
Their dance is jubilant and yet serene. We wonder to ourselves where that hoop magic came from and sit in awe as we watch them alternate between harnessing it and then letting it fly. And those of us that want to be exceptionally good at what we do find ourselves asking, "Why can't I do that?" And that's a fantastic question.
It's one I've asked myself through the years, certainly. But I didn't have to play the videos in slow-mo to get my answer. I knew immediately what those hoopers I most admired had that I didn't. They danced as if no one were watching. It may sound simplistic, but it's something I've struggled with for years. It's the very reason I stopped
hooping publicly -- the joy I found in hooping alone in my loft with my vinyl records had somehow disappeared. Now I only thought about what my hooping looked like to others. I wasn't hooping anymore ... even when by myself, I was performing. I couldn't escape the feeling that I was being watched, judged, argh ... compared. And that just felt icky to me. I certainly knew it didn't have anything to do with the reasons I began hooping.
Which took me back to the drawing board on my hooping. I started asking myself some hard questions. Questions that I built this blog to share with you. "Who do you hoop for?" may not be the most pertinent question for you, but it's a good a place as any to start. So take a minute to review the thoughts that go through your head when you're hooping. Do you wonder if you're cool enough, if you're thin enough, if you know enough, if you're good enough? Do you hoop to impress? Because if you do, it could be the biggest obstacle there is between you and the hooping you know is in you somewhere, the obstacle between you and the hooping that will make someone else, someday sit in awe asking themselves, "Why can't I do that?"
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by Lara Eastburn
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