[Hooping.org columnist Lara Eastburn knows the hoop is an excellent teacher.]
Robert Fulghum’s All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Kindergarten has had its fair share of off-shoots. Like All I Really Need to Know I Learned From My Dog, or equally amusing, From My Cat. So I thought it was high time we hoopers had a version of our own. After all, for many of us there’s a fine a line between our circular hobby-obession-practice and our “real lives” and the hoop has been a most excellent instructor. Our time in the hoop has intimately informed our philosophies, how we think about ourselves and our relationships with others – whether we realize it or not.
What has the hoop taught you about life and living? Here’s my list of what a decade of hooping has brought to me and I invite you to chime in with your own contributions below. Let’s co-create a library of hoop-wisdom right here to inspire not only all of us, but the generations to come.
- What goes around, comes around … and will at some point hit you squarely in the face.
- They who most loudly deny the universal urge to play will enjoy it most.
- Everyone is more beautiful when they’re smiling.
- Feeling good beats looking good.
- Flow is a slippery mistress, but always within reach.
- Dance is our body’s most powerful anti-depressant.
- Watching you have fun makes your kids feel safe.
- Always bring enough to share.
- There is no “right,” just “right for you.”
- Everyone is a teacher.
- Everyone is an artist.
- Always be willing to make a fool of yourself. It puts others at ease.
- Success comes from serious play as much as it does from hard work.
- When you can, go barefoot.
- Duct tape really can fix anything.
- Music should always be playing.
- If you’re not messing up, you’re not trying hard enough.
- One’s path is revealed more clearly when moving than when standing still.
- Walk softly and carry a big hoop.
What has the hoop taught you about life? Add it to the comments below.
Lara Eastburn has been dancing in meadows and singing with the moon while spinning in circles for eons at Superhooper.org. She’s also the driving force behind Circumference with online and live business and marketing classes for hoop makers, instructors, and performers.