I have been stuck in beginner hoop, silks, and hammock for years now. I finally learned that I was able to take intermediate hammock (talk to your instructor if you aren’t sure if you are ready yet), I was so excited! I’d get to learn harder tricks, longer sequences, and different ways to do things.
When I got to class and saw the first sequence I was terrified. Had I made a mistake? Was I even ready for this? By the end of class I felt so unsuccessful. I wasn’t able to do any of the full sequences and some of the moves from each sequence seemed impossible. I left class feeling slightly defeated. I wasn’t even sure I was going to take another intermediate class.
When I got home I sat down and watched the videos of myself. Side note, take videos and pictures every chance you get! You will regret not doing it sooner. After I watched the videos, I realized I that I did a lot more than I thought. Sure I wasn’t able to do everything, but it was my first time doing almost all of the tricks we were shown. It’s so easy to watch other girls getting the tricks as you are sitting up on the air wrapped up going “Wait, my what goes where?? Which direction???”
But I did things! I was still successful, and in the end that’s what matters. Always be proud of your progress and hard work! It’s hard to remind ourselves what it’s like to be new at something again when we “level up”. It is going to be hard again – which is what I wanted!
I’ve taken a few intermediate classes since then and it has gotten easier! Can I do it all yet? No, but that’s okay. I can do more than I could yesterday. Growth takes time and effort. Keep trying!