First of all I want to write a disclaimer. This is me VENTING and isnt aimed at anyone at all, I am in a cynical mood and the tone of this isnt all roses and rainbows. I dont want to post this in the forums because I dont want anyone feeling attacked, so I suppose people can respond here if they want to.
Sometimes I get fed up with people that are obsessed with hooping. like people that are so hoopsessed enough to spell it that way, and all i can talk to them about it that video of brecken (I love you brecken, its nothing person) or the size of thier new polypro.
I love hooping, I love it. Sometimes I go through phases where I am more into it than usual, and sometimes less into it. I feel ashamed that I get annoyed by some people, like I know hooping makes people happy and is a source of freedom from everyday life but really gets to me is when people treat great hoopers like they are gods and goddesses. Just because Baxter says to do a move this way, or SaFire does this or that doesnt mean its RIGHT. there is no right and wrong in art!
I am often excited when I get new students who are actually interested in the hoop community and eager to learn (as opposed to some students who use hooping as just a workout medium) but I find myself trying to repress my feeling of irritability towards individuals that try to loose themselves in the world of hoop.
I am not trying to knock anyone, or make anyone feel bad for telling thier hooper friends "have a hoopy day!" I am just venting. does it make me less"hoopier" than thou? probably. The hoop community is like any community.
When going to my first hoop retreat I felt so out of place. I didnt own any flowy pants or have any feathers in my hair. I watched the people around me and realized that like any community there were people judging one another (myself included...why is it that all these hoopers have such low body fat content and I am seeminly average?) I wondered how much of this is about the art and coming together for the art and how much of it was about coming together to wear $200 outfits and gossip. I guess women just do that no matter what. wonder if there really is a place for me inside this community.