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Normally, I want to do much more than the 24 hours of each day allow. Therefore, it is frustrating to find new hobbies or interests that occupy the same kind of space as those I already have. For instance, say that I was interesting in starting to play volleyball more seriously. The time dedicated to diving would then be contested by the volleyball and I would probably have to choose between them. Similarly, if I wanted to learn French better, it would require the same kind of time and energy as studying Chinese does, so again, some sort of compromise or flawed solution would have to be found.

Not so with juggling, because it can be done almost anywhere and anytime. If I have studied for an hour, I can juggle for ten minutes to relax shoulders and focus on something else, which needs to be done anyway. Juggling is also complicated enough to block the ability to think about something else. Learning a new juggling pattern such as Mill’s Mess requires concentration, and effective removes any thoughts on impending examinations or things like that. It is a good way of doing something completely different for a while.

As for the juggling itself, I have merely begun to learn. I can handle three balls reasonably well, including the most basic patterns (cascade, reverse cascade, fountain, etcetera). I can also managed to catch and throw balls behind my back, albeit not very adeptly. I can handle Mill’s Mess for a while. However, I am far from controlling four balls adequately (somewhere around 50 catches is the record). Five balls? No way. I do not juggle very often and my intention is not to become an expert. Still, I consider it a valuable addition to my repertoire of hobbies and interests. It is perhaps the most frictionless addition ever. Perhaps you should try it as well?

Juggling on Wikipedia
Learning the cascade
The Interned Juggling Database


  1. Martin’s avatar

    Att jonglera hjälper min kassa blodcirkulation lite. Det är bra.