Thank you both for the welcome!
I tried to reply to Jun earlier, but hit a wrong button and lost my post... so I'll reiterate as best I can:
Challenge -- heh. Ohhhhh, yes. Already experiencing the "challenge" part of aikido.
Joy -- welllll.... I recently learned to drive a stick-shift (better late than never), and surprised my husband with my focus. I was *going* to *learn* how to *drive* this *car* if it was the *last* thing I *ever* *did*.
He had never seen me so determined to do anything before.
Anyway, right now it's kinda like that. I know it will be worth so much to me to learn these things; so even though, right now, I expect to be doing nothing *but* forward rolls for the NEXT TEN YEARS, I still am determined to learn them no matter what. My kidneys may never forgive me.
Thank you both!