Amy Young lives in China. Whe was at the beach recently with her nieces when they spotted a woman named Mary hooping it up. The girls asked Aunt Amy if they could give a hoop a spin and given that asking perfect strangers if you can join them can be awkward, Amy inquired on their behalf. It turned out Mary had brought many hoops for a reason – so she would have some to share. As the girls began to hoop it up, Mary turned the focus back to Amy. Amy writes, “Mary turned to me as she had a hula hoop going around her legs and said, ‘You should try it too, these hula hoops are actually weighted for adults.’ That may be, but I haven’t seriously hula-hooped in years. Oh let’s be honest, it’s been decades and the phrase ‘seriously hula hooped’ has never applied to me. I stood there smiling at the three of them as they spun and delighted. I would like to do that. As a so-called respectable adult, it’s tempting to listen to that voice that says, you will look like a fool. I am the kind of person that if I’m going to do something, I throw myself into it. I grabbed the brightest pink and orange hula hoop and gave it a try. In terms of brave actions, this will not go down in the annals of history. But in that moment I, like the girls, had a choice: was I going to be brave or was I going to let fear hold me back?” Read more at The Messy Middle.