Reverb 10: Community

December 7: Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?

I know that I sound like I’m mocking Reverb 10, but please understand that I am not. I’m just not typically the inner-gaze, reflecting-on-the-magic-of-my-year type of person. I am trying my best to respond to the prompts honestly, but sometimes it’s just not a subject that I can (or want) to talk about.  For instance, today…

I can’t say that I have discovered any sort of community in 2010, but in all honesty, I haven’t been looking. I tend to be a loner; groups scare me, they make me feel inferior and so very uncool.  I’m sure this is some sort of high school insecurity that I should work through, but honestly, I enjoy my company so I’m not in a hurry to change everything and start joining groups anytime soon.

Facebook is the largest group that I’m a part of and even Facebook gives me the hives.  Worrying about joining a virtual online community of former classmates and somewhat friends who I haven’t connected with in nearly 13 years makes me anxious, so why would I try to join a group where people can look me in the face and turn me down? (Clearly I need medication.)

Despite that, the is one community that I do want to be a part of, and that is hoopers.  Hula hoopers.  I’ve written about my love for hula hoops before, and Santa-willing, I might actually get an adult-sized hula hoop under (around?) the Christmas tree this year.  But I’ll be hooping alone in my house.  I’ll join the hooping community in my mind because truly, I prefer it that way.

Check out this video from hooping.org.  I’ll be like this guy hooping out on the streets alone (minus the stipping down to my undies – although that’s impressive skill to be able to walk, dance, hoop, and take off a pair of pants at the same time).

So how about you?  Join any communities this year?  Have any to recommend to an anxiety-prone shut-in with a love for hula hoops?

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You Know, For the Kids

Have you seen The Hudsucker Proxy? If not that title won’t make much sense, but we can just subtitle it “What I Love: Hula Hooping“.

I have a tough time with my hips and lower back always being tight.  I realized one day in my yoga class that the move that felt best for me was the hip circles that mimicked hula hooping and I began to wonder…  What if I just bought a hula hoop?  I found a cheap one near the checkout at Old Navy and brought it home–but let me tell you–not all hoops are created equal.  Kids’ hoops tend to be light and small.  They’re nearly impossible for an adult to spin around, which is, in turn (no pun intended) incredibly frustrating.  I found another kids’ hoop at Sports Authority that was slightly bigger around and filled with water and my love of hula hooping was born.

I hula hoop watching TV, while I wait for water to boil, while I talk on the phone, and really any time I’m standing still.  I love it and I swear that it’s helping to loosen up my tight hip muscles.  I’ve used my poor water-filled hoop so much, it’s no longer round.  It’s a hula ellipse.  I told Luke I wanted an adult-sized hula hoop for Christmas.  Did you know there was such a thing? There is, apparently it’s a craze.  There are big hoops, there are weighted hoops, there are even workout videos.  I won’t go that far, but I certainly will keep hooping.

My name is Lisa, and I love hula hooping.