“The amazing thing is that every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements – the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution – weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way they could get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.” ― Lawrence M. Krauss, A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

This fact had always gotten me flabbergasted (yay for using a fun word!). “We’re made from star-stuff”, as Carl Sagan put it. How wonderful is that?

And the other day it hit me.


You see, I’ve learnt my first chest rolls from the goddess that is Tiana. Her workshop was my first workshop ever, and the first “star-dust” to enter the chest-roll galaxy of my hoop universe (a.k.a. hoopiverse).

Teeba had always told us that it takes a few workshops, with different teachers, to really get a move instilled in your flow. As every teacher, and every workshop, has its own nuances, style and magic. And one day, when you least expect it, it clicks.

My last workshop with Emma finally taught me what Teeba meant. Tiana, countless jams and one-on-ones with Teeba, they all sprinkled hoop dust all over me, and Emma was the final sparkle I needed to finally get it. It finally clicked. And I can chest roll!

Well…kinda…that’s when I don’t smack myself in the face, or knock off the table lamp! But that’s inevitable when I hoop anyway!

And since I find this post to be very fitting, I shall sign off with my hoop-fairy name,

Love, sparkles and light,

Twinkle Toes