I’m in a similar boat. I started throwing when I was 12 back in 2008. I found it to be a really fun and rewarding activity, just trying to climb up the 1A trick ladder and eventually creating my own tricks. It wasn’t expensive, I could take it anywhere, impress people, make friends on & offline, test my creativity, and feel a sense of achievement. I also genuinely developed a lot of coordination. Not a lot of hobbies check all these boxes so easily!
I was big into it until late 2011 when I got into playing drums, and guitar shortly thereafter. Music and being a teen gradually pushed Yo-Yos further out of my hand until sometime in 2013 when I don’t think I was picking the Yo-Yos up anymore. That changed in 2015. I was unlucky enough to run into some serious health problems, and found myself at home a lot. I had all these nice Yo-Yos and was curious to catch up on things in the scene. Tricks had become even more techy and clever, and I didn’t even remember my old ones! I spent that year getting through the health problems while challenging myself to develop some new tricks that were much harder than my old ones. I also visited a few Texas comps and filmed the freestyles while making a few new friends. Yo-Yos really made that year into something with positives.
By the end of 2015, I was healthy again and set on becoming a filmmaker. I’d always liked making videos, but I wanted the real skills and a career. I didn’t want to forget all my Yo-Yo tricks again, so I made a quick video to catalogue everything I’d developed or re-learned. I left that on my computer, bought a DSLR camera, and started teaching myself how to be a filmmaker. Fast forward to the present, and I’ve been running an independent video production company successfully with my brother. The career thing was panning out, but then we got hit by this virus. It’s a bit harder to find work now, so I’m finding myself at home a lot… seemed as good a time as any to pick Yo-Yos back up.
So here I am, re-learning my tricks again and set on developing an up-to-date 1A style nearly 12 years after first landing “braintwister” with a wooden axle. I’m also remembering why this is such a great hobby, and realizing how much I’d like to use my current understanding of filmmaking to capture and share Yo-Yoing with more people. It’s popped in and out of my life, but it’s been so beneficial throughout. So today, I suppose I’m throwing for the same personal reasons as always, but also looking to bring some serious production quality to the Yo-Yo world when I can. I think a lot of people would really gain something from Yo-Yos if the right media existed to pull them into the hobby.