What is the biggest major life change you've made in the past five years? Do you think it was positive, negative, or neutral?
I took up hula hooping and it changed my life for the better in ways I couldn't have guessed at a year ago. No, seriously. When I was a kid I could never figure out how to use the damn things - then one day my roommate came home with some irrigation tubing and some friction tape and was like, "I'm making hula hoops!" And I was like, "what? Girl, you crazy." Two weeks later she went out of town and left me with her hoops. That first night I practiced until I could keep it going around my waist and hooped for three hours straight. It was exhilarating; I don't think I've passed a day without hooping at least a little ever since.
I've lost 50 pounds and am in the best shape of my adult life. I get to dance (I've always loved to) and do tricks and still feel like I'm working out. It's silly, but when I'm inside that plastic circle this sense of peace and pure joy comes over me, and things just flow
. I guess some of that joy has trickled out into the rest of my life because I don't remember being this confident and happy since before puberty hit, or maybe ever. In less than two weeks I'm packing up my entire life and putting it into storage, going out into the wilderness to pound baby trees into ground torn up by logging operation (treeplanting is, incidentally, rated as the hardest job that you can do in Canada), and living out of a tent all summer. After that...who knows? I'm nervous, but I'm thrilled too, and I don't think I could have ended up here, could have reinvented myself so dramatically, if it weren't for something most people consider to be a child's toy.
I'm not the only one. It's a revolution taking place in people's backyards, living rooms, and neighbourhood parks everywhere. Just look up "hooping" on youtube! :)
(That's me! :D)
Other sources of inspiration:
This is what I'll be doing this summer: