Reality is starting to set in

One of the little girls in the dojo asked me today if after my test I will be a Sensei. That was such a weird feeling – to hear that question. My first thought of course was no, that title belongs to someone else and has for as long as I have known him. I am now and will forever be a student of karate. And I’m happy to be that. So many things all jumbled around in my head that I’ve never thought about it that way.

Yes, I’ve been in training to teach for quite some time now but to be a real instructor, that’s just so hard to fathom. I have so much to learn and learning is a lifelong task. I watch myself in the mirror when I train and see things to work on, things to improve, things I want to do better.

And you know what? I am so glad that I do. Becoming lazy and complacent, not growing as a karate student, those are the things that would make me sad. I am proud of what I’ve accomplished so far. Just staying on the path towards a goal can be hard enough but I realize how hard I’ve had to work (hey, let’s face it I’m not 16 or 21 anymore) and the changes that karate has made in me and I’m even happier. I didn’t give up when it got tough. I had to quit for a long while due to work and family but I never gave up – I always knew I’d go back and become a black belt.

That moment when I finally ring the bell after my dan exam is going to be one of the sweetest moments. I just know that I’m going to ring it with tears streaming down my face. Not sure I even care right now if I don’t look ‘tough’. Is it okay for a black belt to cry? I hope so because I know one that is going to be shedding some real tears of joy as she thanks her family for always supporting her and her instructors for pushing her to become someone she only dreamed that she could be one day.

I plan on making sure that this Friday is the day that a certain tear-stained mom of five is ringing that bell like it has never been rung before.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tara Sweeney
    Apr 07, 2011 @ 15:28:00

    It is definitely ok for a black belt to cry 😉 You’ve worked so hard for this and you’re going to be great. ENJOY your exam! Look at it as your chance to show everyone all that you have learned and all that you have worked for. This is YOUR time! Once you start moving you’ll just drop into the ryhthm and the nerves will sake loose because your body KNOWS this. Have faith in your knowledge of karate and in your abilities and trainings, you’re going to be fine. Good luck tomorrow!


    • designingdeb
      Apr 07, 2011 @ 15:51:44

      Thank you so much for your support. It means a lot to me. You’ve been there done that – I know you’re right, I just have to trust in myself and do what I know how to do. Listen closely tomorrow night – you just might hear a bell ring! : )


  2. Tara Sweeney
    Apr 07, 2011 @ 15:56:24

    Ring that bell LOUD Debby…with the 3 hour time difference, I might just be in bed! 😉


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