Do you ever feel like you missed the boat? Like, the moment has passed, your time is up and you just can’t go for that dream anymore?
I’ve felt like that before, and I still have those thoughts now: “If only I had started hooping when I was younger, I would be better now… If only my daughter was in school already, I would have more time…If only we had more money, things would be easier…”
And maybe all of that is true. If we could do what we can do now - but had the resources we had before, or lived in the environment we don’t live in yet – maybe we would be more successful! Yes, that could very well be true.
But if those things are not lining up right now, why waste time and energy wishing for a moment that has passed?
That illusive moment, the one you NEED to seize so you can finally live your life, is easy to spot in the hoop. We start with slink: when the hoop is around your waist, notice the gap that opens up once every rotation and when you feel ready just dip your hand in.
Try it off-body.
Try it with your eyes closed.
Eventually the gap becomes so apparent that we can use that moment to lift the hoop off our body, to catch and release it, and to expand our skill repertoire and flow in complex and amazing ways!
But in the beginning, as one new instructor pointed out to me, “it can be so hard to get that timing right!”
So here’s what our hoop can teach us: when we miss the timing do we spend the rest of our hoop session lamenting about the lost opportunity and fantasizing about how beautiful it would have been if we just got it that first time? I sure hope not! Instead we keep the hoop spinning, take a deep breath, and go for it again.
Yes, there is a right and wrong time for everything – from hoop tricks to major life decisions like having a baby or buying a house. But the gift we often miss is that things just keep on spinning for us. So that moment will come again and if we’re really paying attention we can seize it.
So notice that rotation, take a deep breath and look for the next opening. Focus your energy and seize your next opportunity. It will come again, I know it, but if you’re still focused on the last time you missed it, you’ll miss it again this time for sure.
Are you looking for your next opportunity, or still missing the last one?
- Katelyn, hula-hooping social worker & fitness instructor @ hoopplay.ca
Now seize this opportunity: become a Certified Hoop Play Instructor today by attending one of our upcoming training events! We’ll be in Calgary October 8 & 9, Lethbridge October 15 & 16 (with all-ages circus arts workshops and beginner hoop demos too!) and Saskatoon October 22nd & 23rd. Learn more about us or follow our hoop tour at hoopplay.ca