I think of the hula hoop as a genius type of invention. Born in the 1950’s as a toy, it has evolved into being many things to many different types of people. I’ve heard it described as a sport-like activity, offering a vigorous and full body workout, an instant stress reliever, a child’s game but when used by a adult, an alternative to boring types of exercise. As a dance form, it provides a creative outlet with endless motion as the hooper loops around performing difficult and “effortful” gained skills. I have seen it used as a prop in competitive olympic workouts. Some have even claimed feeling a spiritual significance as they circled, looped and flowed within the symbolic circle, a meaning understood throughout most cultures as “the circle of life”.
But is there something funny about hula hooping? I think so. When I first tried hula hooping as an adult, I remember an instant feeling of awkwardness! I bumped, mis-stepped, struggled and then dropped the hoop, again and again. With practice and persistence, it became exercise and play, silly and serious and a wonderful opportunity to laugh at the adult that wanted so much to be feel like a child again. 🙂