A Little Advice From The Heart
A hoop friend posted a comment that I don’t think she’s alone in… “Today I experienced feeling not liked because of my free spirit and hooping 🙁 Anyone else ever feel that?”
Luckily, this particular group, we like to share very positive, support, encouragement and helpful feedback.
Here’s my take on it, since I have had similar reactions and feelings. It may be simple, but sometimes the “simple” is the challenging, even though we all know in our hearts what’s the right thing for us to do, if we honor our true selves.
We’re kind of unusual people with our “plastic rings of happiness” (aka our hula hoop). People can have all kinds of reactions, as their own personal stuff come up. Most of us have some things that can trigger something else that can seem irrational or out of place in that moment. When others do this to you, it could be in defensiveness of their vulnerable selves, and they can project their insecurities on to you. It’s hard to realize that they are commenting based on their experiences and realities. It’s also really easy to take what may be their negativity, personally.
For me…I use the hoop as my “happy place,” the sacred self-space where all the bad stuff can stay outside of it, when I’m in it!
The ultimate thing you can do:
Keep being the greatest you that you know how.
Honor yourself in every moment you can. You not only deserve it, it is your personal right and obligation to do so. Commit to your joy, and your own path. Not everyone has to travel the same road in the same way. That’s what makes us unique, interesting, and have a different perspective to help others, too!
Love, light and laughter to everyone who takes the time to read this. 🙂
~Che’ Rippinger is Hip The Hoopla‘s CHO (Chief Hooping Officer)/Owner/Founder and head humorist, with heart. She’s been hula hooping since 2008 and running Hip The Hoopla since 2011 – while teaching, performing and making pro custom dance hula hoops. A dancer most of her life, Che’ has also been a humor writer/columnist, illustrator and cartoonist for The Denver Post and her Touché! Cartoons have been featured in PLAYGIRL Magazine.
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