Today I talked with a good friend who I had not talked to for about a year. She listened in awe as I told her about HooptomyLoo (btw http://www.hooptomyloo.com will be up and going by Feb. 1st, mark your calendars) She couldn’t believe I had found something that fit me so perfectly, and I realized she was so totally right.
I am a huge believer that once you come to the hoop, you will find a way to stay with the hoop. I think most people will find a joy they hadn’t felt in long time once they start hooping. I found that joy when I was with my friend and we walked by the neon pieces of plastic and she grabbed one and said, “aww, I wanna hula hoop.” I found a pink sparkly aqua-hoop in Toys R Us, and stood in a plastic kiddie pool and gyrated for about ten minutes. I didn’t stop laughing. We both bought flimsy hula hoops and I laughed at myself as I handed the check-out lady my 6 bucks.
From there I upgraded. I hung my aqua hoop up in the garage and haven’t looked back. I bought my first hoop from Hoopshine here in Portland and signed up for an intensive beginners class, and the ball hasn’t stopped rolling. I began to check out hooping.org everyday, looking up every single video I possibly could on youtube, and got with the lingo. I started to call myself a hooper, and knew I didn’t mean basketball. I looked for other hoopers everywhere I went and hoped I could learned a new trick or talk to someone who loved this the way I did. I compared bruises with my friends and showed them new tricks I had learned and wanted to see what they were working on.
Honestly, I am amazed I am still obsessed with hooping. I am known for getting really into something and abandoning my new found passion a long the wayside. But hooping has been different. I woke something up inside of me when I started hooping in that toy store. I can’t exactly explain it. Maybe if you are hooper you understand. There is a joy that I feel now. Something new opens up inside of me every time I pick up a hoop, and I love it. I would have said you were crazy if you would have told me I would one day own my own business, a hula hoop business at that. But here I am, figuring out a way I can bring this love to people, and I am loving every second of it.