Over the last two weeks of my hoop coaching course, I’ve been struggling with the direction that I want to take my hoop business.
At the beginning of the course, I thought I wanted to become a traditional hoop teacher – the type that teaches beginners, run workshops, that kind of thing. It seemed like the perfect fit – especially considering I had already accumulated a decade’s worth of teaching experience. But the more I thought about it, the less comfortable and appealing it seemed. In fact, I was beginning to dread having to even complete my course.
Instead, I realised that my true passion is choreographing sequences and sharing my journey of how mastering hooping tricks has helped me become a better person. I’d like to do YouTube videos, perform at events and document my skill progression. I want people to watch the work that I create and feel the joy that hooping brings me. If all I do is bring a smile to people’s faces, I’ll be happy and consider my work a success.
But, it’s been a constant struggle to accept that I don’t want to be a traditional hoop teacher.
I think to myself – who would be interested in watching me suck at something over and over till I eventually get it right? Who is going to want to watch these sequences that I think are brilliant, even though I’m using the same tricks, just in a different order? Who is going to want to see something so weird?
To me, hooping is very ordinary. It’s just a bunch of tricks that you do over and over.
Sure, I may need to put in the time to get the moves looking the way I want. But I often think that anyone can do it.
After all, I started out truly terrible and had to put in a ridiculous amount of hours to get to where I am today. It also doesn’t help that I’m desensitised through social media and the friends that I have around me. I’m surrounded by the most amazing hoopers that have skills and flow that I could only dream of being able to achieve.
So as I was scrolling through my Instagram feed this morning, completely enamoured by my fellow hoopers, I was taken by complete surprise when I saw something that stopped me in my tracks. I had an epiphany. I realised I was looking at this all wrong.
You see, one of my favourite people to follow on Instagram is a woman on a journey of minimalism.
Each day she posts a picture of one thing that she is getting rid of reduce her belongings. The pictures aren’t heavily photoshopped, there isn’t an amazing caption. In some ways it’s weird and even voyeuristic to enjoy. Yet, I absolutely LOVE her posts.
No matter how weird, crazy or odd you think you are, there is someone out there that will LOVE you.