My first Tae Kwon Do class was one year ago yesterday. I'm a little bummed that I missed the actual anniversary but for some reason, I thought it was December 4th. No matter - the bottom line is I've just passed the one year mark and this morning I was invited to test for my brown stripe belt on December 13th.
People! After brown stripe there is only one belt between me and black!!
Last year at this time I struggled to remember basic self defense techniques, basic hand techniques, basic forms. Today I'm a brown belt about to begin training and preparation for the black belt test.
This is something I had wanted to do for a long, long time. Every time I passed a martial arts studio I looked in wistfully but never worked up the courage to do anything about it. It was too much money or too much time, I always thought and never pursued how much money or how much time it would actually take. In August 2008, I made a list of things that I want to do in my lifetime - sort of like a bucket list. At the top of that list was 'get a black belt in tae kwon do'. I decided not to worry about the time or the money and trust the universe to provide what I really longed for. Now, I know a lot of people think that I must have read The Secret or some other new wave, new age guru nonsense. Not true. I just believed that if I put it out there, somehow it would come to me. And you know what?