[Hooping.org columnist Abby Schwartz is rekindling her hoop romance.]
I’ve been hooping for a little more than two years now and recently came to the realization that the honeymoon is over. Don’t misunderstand, I still love hooping. How could I not? But what was once the source of endless distraction and preoccupation, the thing that had me head over hoop in love, has embered to a quieter warm. Succumbed to the real-life pull of job, family, and even a bit of complacency that comes with familiarity, it dawned on me that what is true in love and passion must also apply to other areas of life as well, including hooping. When love is new it is the best thing in the world. We can’t get enough of it. When it’s been around for awhile, well, sometimes it requires more thought and effort to reignite the flame and keep the fire burning.
When I first picked up a hoop as an adult two years ago, the novelty of hooping pushed everything else in my life to the background. As crazy as it sounds, it was almost identical to the euphoric feeling of falling in love. I wanted to immerse myself in all things hoop-related. Hoop making, hoop tricks, web forums; I couldn’t get enough! I spent hours playing with my hoop, new bruises be damned. But gradually, over the course of months, then years, we became a part of each other’s lives. I got busy with other things. I wasn’t surprised and delighted to see my hoop, I knew that it would always be there. The truth is, I miss that hoop love. I miss the fire. So this week we’re taking a look at how to reignite that flame again and bring back our hooping passion.