To be honest, I do not have a lot of friends. I prefer my own company to socializing. I am an introvert of mega proportions. It is of no surprise that I do things that are solitary based. Why would I then take up something that is in and of itself a community building hobby? Make no mistake about it, that is what hoopdancing is. In a way. It is a hobby that brings together a variety of different people with a variety of different backgrounds. People who find fulfillment within a simple circle. People who are simply happy, dancing with a partner that demands nothing but gives so much. I have found joy being alone inside my hoop but I have also found like minded people with whom to share this joy and of course the struggles that come with it. In the beginning, I had no idea what hooping would bring to me. How interesting and surprising, that this circular piece of plastic would bring me friends from different areas of our country and yes, a few from other countries as well. This community, in a way is like a best friend or family, because who aside from our friends and family would rejoice in your successes and encourage you to try, try again? Maybe, hooping is not a solitary hobby after all.