|I'm on the far left, and Emily is the blue belt in the center.|
Well, we've hit the 8 month mark! I just had another double belt test last night and my Dad got some pictures, so I thought I'd share them and some side effects of my TKD journey so far. See, when you get to the higher colored belts you have to decide whether you're willing to work hard, or going to coast at your current level till you lose the excitement. I was fit and motivated enough to get to the higher belts (blue and up at our Dojang) without much effort. Now that I'm here though, it takes much physical exertion and exercise outside of class to improve. When you reach this stage, TKD becomes a big part of your life. So. . .
1. You polarize people. Inadvertently, you spend your spare moments and thoughts on some area of TKD. You want to talk about it all the time. Some people you will learn to keep a tight lip around so as not to drive them nuts. Others? Well, they happen to be your best friends and you convince them that martial arts is the best form of exercise out there or teach them how to break boards. Some of them start Taekwondo for themselves. :)
|Helping kids tie belts is actually quite rewarding.|
|This certainly isn't my best front kick, but it's the only one in a picture. :)|
|Taegeuk Yuk Jang|
|That hair flip, though.|
|Board breaking is addicting.|
6. Your definition of "Feeling good" changes. I still love a book, a blanket, cider, and a fireplace, but it's not what I run to when I'm feeling down anymore. Exhausted, mentally spent, in pain because of aunt flow? Go to the gym. Things worth having take effort and hard work. I realized after a particularly lousy personal performance last week that I was going to have to focus and work hard to grow. I realized simultaneously that my spiritual life was in the same state as my body. I was trying to coast by on past achievements and relax. I felt like I had "arrived" (at who knows what), but in reality I had a bad attitude. My walk with Jesus Christ is only as good as I want it to be, and it takes effort on my part to stay engaged. Hard work and struggle leads to growth, and that makes it the best feeling in the world.