Hey everyone...I felt like sharing a different part of my hoop journey with everyone...not just about tricks, tips, questions, and flow...but about the emotional/spiritual connection I've created with so many wonderful people. Also moving from one area of my life to the next. My name is Christina, aka Hummingbird. I have been hooping for about a year...November 15th is my hoop birthday :D and for the most part...I've been a lonely hooper. Until about mid August, right before burning man, and I started joining other hoopers around the Bay Area. Everyone is AMAZING!!!! the talent, the love, it is so incredible!!! So after Burning Man..i tried to go back to my life. Work, hang out at the coffee shop downtown (something i do regularly), go hoop in park by myself. That's about a normal day. lol. But...it didnt work out so easy. The people I spent most of my time with prior to The hoop community and Burning Man...didn't seem to understand me as well. They werent "on my level" perse....not that im better than them, or them better than me...just that I had moved to a different point in my life and in myself...that we werent connecting on the same level we used to. It's hard to realize that kind of change. So I have been spending alot of time with myself, and going and doing things on my own. Not needing a buddy, or a group of friends, or anything. Just go. And it is LOVELY! Because now....i've found an amazing family. and amazing community. Venturing out on my own has brought me to BAH community...Bay Area Hoopers...which has connected me to some of my biggest influences in hooping. Ive had the privilege of spending time with some of the most amazing people since finding this family. And I am so honored, humbled, full of love, and so excited to be accepted by all of them..by all of you! its just incredible. I love the plastic circles I've become one with...I love the circles it has made dance in...I love this circle of people I am connecting with. Little by little..day by day...the circle gets bigger. This hoop family gets bigger. Its beautiful. I love you all!!!
This is one thing I'm hoping to accomplish. I want to find fellow hoopers, and I want that connection! That's why I'm a member on here! :)
where do you live, cara?
Thank you for sharing this with us! I was literally just thinking about my own journey, and the level it has brought me to. Thoughts were running through my mind, and I was thinking about the words to share on Hoop City. Maybe some day! I love hearing how passionate everyone here is about hooping--it makes me realize that I am not alone out there...even when most days, and the daily grind--it really does feel that way!
oh you are SO not alone! i feel kinda crazy sometimes because hooping is the majority of what i talk about...but then i realize...I'm not crazy at all! I found what makes me feel the best...i found my passion...i found myself in a hoop! so i dont care!!!! lol <3
That's awesome!! I wish I could find some chill Portland OR hula hoopers... Unfortunately the few I have met in person were not very nice :/ cause they thought they were better then me... that was 2 years ago though lol
Hope You have A good Hoop birthday!!!!!!!!!!
Allie, I live in Portland! Come kick it with me and my hoop mamas! PM me and lets chat :)
I feel you on some of the Portland hoopers, but not all of them are uppity i swear!
Since moving from Santa Cruz (huge hooper community) to a little town "south of Sacramento, north of Stockton, East of San Francisco"... ahem *nowhere special! (Clements, if you're very curious) haha.... I have lost a lot of those hooper connections you speak of. I definitely think it is a beautiful part of the hooping experience, having a hoop to share, then a conversation - and realizing how much you really have in common when you both share the love of something so intensely that you actually CALL yourself a "hooper" not just "Oh yea, I have a hula hoop"
I am a novice at "fostering hoop communities" and in truth I'm wishing someone else would just do all the work and I could join, haha... but I think I'm going to have to build up to what you have in the bay area, and what I had in Santa Cruz. It doesn't happen overnight, and it does take time and the love of the hoop. I think you can really feel that when you go to a hoop jam and you see tons of new faces and think "wow, I am a part of something great"
If there isn't a community near you where you can feel this, perhaps you can message me and we both can motivate each other to get one started. Hoops change lives in a good way and when there are more hoopers in a community, it brings that community together more often - building bridges, relationships, human experience evolves... *closed eye smile*
Thanks for writing this and helping me realize the same great effect the hoop has on all of us. <3
aww Inertia you are so welcome!!! everything you said i am so in sync with! It's a crazy roller coaster of emotions! Finding this new community of people who share the same interest and love that I have been feeling for so long on my own...is so incredibly empowering. The Bay Area Hoopers get together in San Francisco...usually at a park...but since winter is making its way here...there is an indoor space that is used. Although...i dont know all of the details yet since im new to this lovely group of people. But i would love it...WE would love it if you joined us! or we could even plan a day once a month or something that we can get together and hoop...there is a hooping community near you...and I would love for you to be apart of it with us. :)