“You are never too busy to make time for what you love.”
I’ve been making a conscious effort lately to do more of what makes me happy. I’m trying to rediscover things I enjoy and things I am passionate about and dive into them wholeheartedly. About seven or eight years ago, I started hula hooping, but not just around my waist. I discovered hooping as a sport and fell in love with it.
Over the last few years, I’ve hooped on and off. In college, I didn’t feel like I had a lot of time (or the space – thank you, dorm rooms) to hoop on a regular basis. I practiced periodically, but lost touch with the passion I’d had for it in the past.
In 2013, a friend of mine sent me a video of Rachael Lust hooping to the song “Thrift Shop.” She, along with my family and several other friends, thought the girl in the video was me (though I’m not nearly as skilled as she is). Impressed with her routine, I started following Rachael on social media and quickly became a fan.
When I found out that Rachael was hosting a hooping workshop in my area, I knew I had to go. I wanted to find that passion again and remember why I fell in love with hooping in the first place. And believe me, I did.
I don’t have words to describe the three hours I spent in that workshop. Not only did I learn an incredible number of new skills, but I felt immersed in such a positive environment, full of like-minded people simply enjoying the same thing in the same room. I found excitement again, wanting to take home what I’d learned and dive back into the sport.
With so many changes in my life recently, from my relationship status, to where I live, to what I do for a living, it was really refreshing to be able to go back to some of my roots. Hooping makes me feel unique. I found myself smiling the entire way home. I realized that, for the first time in a long time, I’d just spent three solid hours just doing something I loved. Doing something that made me happy, for no other reason than that it made me happy. I did something for me, not for anyone else. And that was thrilling.
This workshop reminded me that focusing on myself is okay. In fact, it’s a good thing. Self love is not selfish. We only have one life, and we should be living it the way we want to. Not the way other people want us to.
I want to thank Rachael Lust for hosting this workshop and for dedicating the time to helping all of us improve upon our skills. Whether she realized it or not, this workshop was exactly what I needed and had a huge impact on me.
We get caught up in our daily lives that we often forget to take the time to do things we love. We grow lazy; after an eight-hour work day, many of us want to come home, kick off our shoes, and curl up on the couch with our pets and stare mindlessly at the TV. But laziness breeds unhappiness.
Do something you love today. Buy a ticket to a workshop for something you love. Audition for a play. Try out for the soccer team. Sign up for a photography class. Find your way back into what makes you feel passionate, because the feeling you’ll get is unlike any other.