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First entry in this blog, lets hope I can keep it succinct and to the point. As I do tend to waffle on, (must be because I am still in student mode.)
Has it really been a year (and oh okay a day) since I stumbled into my local dojo wondering what the he double toothpicks I had let myself in for? It really does not seem that long in some regards and much longer in others.
Looking back though, it is amazing how far I have come. When I first stepped into the dojo, I had just come through a time when a long walk of a high building seemed like a good idea and it seemed like nothing was going right in my life. I was unfit and the thought of getting myself co-ordinated enough to be able to do this strange new activity was laughable. And that was before I saw what everyone else was doing and begin thinking, "Oh Man I will never be able to do that."
Thank whichever person is appropriate I have changed. Not only in my mental state but co-ordination to. (Although those who have encounted me may disagree slightly with that. Another goal for the year, stop spilling other peoples blood!) And finally figuring out that actually I can do it and more.
Sure its not been easy but if it was I would have been incredibly surprised. But this last year has been pretty darn good. Not always easy, not without its ups and downs, (still far to many downs for my liking but that's life eh!)
And I think that is partly because of the new "Family" I have entered. Its knowing that I have a place to go where people are not going to be judgemental. In fact, I am pleased to say everyone is real open minded and welcoming. Its knowing I have a place to go where I can shove whatever is going on in my life into a kit bag for a couple of hours and be myself and not what others expect me to be.
And that feels fantastic.
Here's hoping for many, many more years in aikido. It has been a fun and interesting experience so far and I want to see what is going to happen next.