You may remember this post from 5 months ago about my beginning in martial arts. I was so new, nervous, and excited. Could I really do this? Will this make me a more aggressive person? Will this change the way people see me? How far do I want to go with this? Since then the nerves have turned into drive and the excitement into fascination.
-I CAN do this. It's hard, but I can do it.
-TKD doesn't make me more aggressive than I was, but it gives me an outlet to be straight up aggressive instead of always passive aggressive. ;)
-Yes, it does change the way people see me (but only if they know). It changes the way I see other people too. My parents are proud of me and rarely fail to list TKD when they spout my list of achievements. Embarrassing? Yes. Normal? So much yes. I love having parents who are proud of me, even if it is a little uncomfortable. Emmy and I have been referred to as "resident weapons" at our church. My pseudobros (guys being discipled by my family) give me an even wider berth as a half serious joke. I make them hold boards I break just to remind them of what I can do every once in a while. Haha! This is why Mom says I have no boyfriend. Maybe it's true. #noregrets
-As to how far I'm going, I should think that is obvious -- first dan black belt!! I have to get my black belt first, but then I have to keep working and perfecting to get my first dan stripe. That's when I will feel truly accomplished.
It's hard to believe that I've already tested twice (one of those a double test) and accomplished my first goal: getting a green belt by the end of the year. Not only that, but later this week I get to double test again! Blue and Brown belts, here I come!
Hopefully I'll get more photos, facts, and tips up in posts in the future.