I love hooping. By all means, I consider myself a hooper. I've been hooping for 3 years now, and up until this summer loved going at it hard, doing tricks, hooping for hours when I was able to.
Last month, I was diagnosed with a heart condition that makes it very hard for me to exercise for long periods of time, or do intense workouts. The way I was hooping, I would consider an intense workout. I've got numerous LED hoops, because I always imagined I would love them for years to come. Around the time I was due to receive my really expensive smart hoop, I had to wear a heart monitor, and when my hoop arrived, I couldn't even use it for a few weeks!
I don't want this to be a pity party entry, I just feel so depressed. I've spent all this money, and really do love my hoops. I love my LEDs, but I feel so bummed that I can't use them how I intended, or as often as I would like to.
I still enjoy hooping, but I guess right now it's just not the same to me. It's gotten to a point where I haven't picked up a hoop since my last festie in early September. Before that, the last time I really hooped was in July.
I know I can still hoop, just not to the extent I was able to before, and I'm having a hard time transitioning. I feel that it's a lot harder for me to connect with the hoop, connect with dancing, and it's hard to find a new "flow". I get really discouraged when I hoop and my heart starts acting up. I get discouraged in every day life when my heart starts acting up. I'm going to need a surgery to hopefully fix my heart's problems. I don't know much about it right now, but I'm just really scared I won't be able to hoop like I was ever again!
Has anyone dealt with issues similar to this? Where you love hooping, but then something comes up that forces you to change your style? Something comes up that really discourages you for a while?
I've given advice on things like this before.. If you feel you need a break, take a break, etc. But now that I have to take this advice, it bums me out. It's discouraging to know I'm taking a break, and it scares me that when I pick up a hoop again, what if it's not the same? What if I don't enjoy it as much as I did? What if I've spent all this money, just to find out it was a waste? I've only gotten to use my smart hoop about 3 times since I got it in August, and I feel like it was a huge mistake for me to purchase it, even though I couldn't have predicted any of this happening.
Does anyone have any advice? Anyone want to just vent out feeling discouraged? I feel really alone in this.