Definitely fits the bill for me as well. Skill acquisition was part of it: as I get older and other abilities start to plateau or decline, it’s nice to see something in my life improve (besides my charming personality ). But as new, comfortable brain pathways are formed, I tend to run over them repeatedly as a way to spend nervous energy or just “relax” after work etc. A major downside to it though, is now I’m feeling some pain in my throwing arm. I believe it’s called golfer’s elbow, but obviously a lot of repeated motion can cause it. Yoyoing seems to be particularly suited to causing it actually. Hopefully I can find a way to manage it. Not sure I have the patience or willpower to throw with my left/non-dominant hand exclusively or take a complete yoyo hiatus to recover.
That’s one of the biggest appeals of yoyoing to me. Whether you’re just standing around mindlessly throwing it down and pulling it back up or you’re having a transcendental experience while doing things you never thought were humanly possible by a human being and a round spinning object on a string, it really is a great stress reliever.
It’s been bringing a lot of satisfaction back into my life and helping with motor functions and hand eye coordination after some life altering stuff. I always loved yo-yoing as a kid and enjoyed it some as a young adult, but after so long it seems crazy to me how much joy this darn little toy on a string brings into my days.
I throw at work for the kids and it de-stresses me and de-stresses them. It gives me an opportunity to connect with them and show them a new way of looking at problems. My dad had an on and off struggle with drug addiction when I was young and I was in a constant state of stress, I always just went and skated and lost myself in the flow of the concrete. The bumps in my life would be blurred by motion.
Now I can offer some advice to kids like myself and show them a means of finding something they’re passionate about. Yo-yos are(can be) cheap and it’s a pocketable shrine with which you can stop and absorb whats around you or pray to gravity for a minute.
I always throw when I’m stressed, or happy, or upset, and I always feel grounded again, even if for a moment. : )
For me Yo-yos also have an amulet quality.
I was thinking on this a bit.
I am an average player, I frequently have to refresh my self on tricks and trick elements that I know well because I have not hit them enough I am sure. I try to move to other tricks with different movements as to not get stuck in a rut. This is not a negative for me at my throwing phase. I figured this was a common rebuilding and breaking down thing, I have always accepted this as the retaining of such small movements a rearranging muscle firing order.
The amulet breaks you down and builds you up kinda thing.
I kinda enjoy the cramps of nth middle finger and index finger string pinches. That just me