Well, the culmination of nearly 3 years of hard work & persistence paid off last month. I got my baby black belt. Which may just prove that miracles can happen or that people really can do anything. In many ways, I know my journey as a martial artist is just beginning and I look forward to the next 40 years or more of growing as a black belt. There has been nothing easy about the journey but it has been so worth it. Among many things, this experience has taught me the fine art of persevering.
I went to TaeKwonDo when I was sad, tired, depressed, grieving, angry, sleep deprived. I went on days of great failure and great frustration. I went when I was sore and ‘oh please help me stand up’ so very sore. I went with a separated shoulder (another story). I went with a mild concussion (and learned that blocking was a very necessary survival skill in this sport). I went with an almost broken thumb. I went when I was scared, insecure, self-conscious and way too overweight to be doing this. I went when no matter what I tried, I couldn’t get my damn foot to pivot or my stupid hip to rotate. I went on days when I argued with myself that I was far, far too old to exercise let alone become a martial artist. I went when my Dad was dying and couldn’t control my tears and I hoped that everyone just thought it was sweat. I went despite every possible excuse I could think of and despite every bad, stupid thing that has happened over the last few years.
I went and I went and I went. And I got better and better. And then one fine day in December, I got my first black belt. Perseverance, it does exist. So if I can do this, I know you can do anything.
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