So let me start out by saying, Hi! I’m a hula hooper. (I love being able to say that). I’ve never really talked about hula hooping specifically on this blog. If you’re an avid follower of this blog, you’ve definitely seen me hooping but I’ve never really talked about is specifically. And I’m really excited to do so today! It may sound strange to a lot of you, that a grown woman happily and confidently would call herself a hula hooper, and a short time ago, I would agree with you. But something happened this week that put a lot into perspective for me. I learned, that hula hooping makes you young at heart, and that’s why I love it.
Hula hooping is starting to become a popular weight loss trend. People are learning about the amazing fitness benefits of hooping. Not only is it very effective, but it’s also fun! I’m happy that more and more people are picking up hula hoops, I love health and fitness and I’d be happy to talk more about that in the future, but that’s not what this post is about. Hooping has many many benefits, and it’s so much more than a weight loss trend. So many benefits in fact, that it’s been hard to choose just one to talk about as a post for this blog. But finally one thing has been made clear to me about hooping, it makes you child like! That should’ve been an easy revelation since it’s historically a child’s toy, but surprisingly I learned this lesson from my grandmother.
Before I explain, there’s something you should know about my grandmother, she was diagnosed with dementia. There’s a lot of her life that she doesn’t remember. At times, she doesn’t remember me. But there’s one thing she does remember, the hula hoop. She vividly remembers playing with hula hoops as a kid. And one day when we went to visit her, I brought my three hoops along. She immediately said, “oh hula hoops” and she talked about her skills as a kid. If you’ve had a loved one that’s battled dementia, then you know that every memory they still have is a blessing. I was so touched that she remembered something that’s so important to me.
Hula hoops came out in the olden days, us new hoopers are just now joining the fun and hooping brings us something new; but to her, hooping is something old, and it brought back old memories. We spent the day hula hooping, three generations. It’s as though she become more and more cognitive and reverted back to her child self. We were all like children: me in my 20’s, mom in her 60’s, and grandma 4 years away from ninety. It was like a miracle. In a way, we’re all little children that have made circles around the sun on this earth. And through those circles around the sun, we live, we learn, we love, and we connect. But take it from the life, of my 86 year old grandmother, life it better spent being young at heart.
Live a life that’s muzic to your ears!