• staceyfluet

Tina Tangent - May 11, 2021

Time is a nonrenewable resource. If this past year has taught us anything it’s to not wait on things you want out of life, time is not guaranteed. I have decided, this is going to be my year of “putting on my white belt”, and I challenge you to do the same ♥😁

I didn’t start martial arts until I was in my 30’s. I had never done any sort of training like that, but I had been thinking about it for years. I was terrified to try, tried to drag friends with me, made excuses, I signed up and cancelled because I didn’t want to feel stupid. Finally...I just f*cking went, I signed up while I was driving to the dojo for my first Krav Maga session.

I had no idea what to expect, I didn’t know the lingo, and it didn’t matter, because it turns out, IT MADE ME FEEL POWERFUL AND AWESOME ANYWAYS. If I hadn’t bit the bullet I would have never found this thing that has become such a source of stress relief and joy for me. In that first session, my sensei gave me a white arm band (what they use for “belts” in some dojos). I didn’t know what it meant until my second session when I realized it was an indicator of your level. At first I was embarrassed by my white belt. I joked with my classmates and said I was “a clear belt”, because I was SO new to it all. I soon learned to be proud of my white belt, it meant every day I came in I was better than the last. It means the only one way to go was up. It meant I had unlimited opportunity to learn more and be better.

As an adult, it is hard to be a beginner. We know how to do MOST things we need to in life and think we are “too old” to try new things and it will be “too hard”. My whole mindset on being a beginner changed when I started Krav Maga. I had to learn a new patience and humility for a modality I knew nothing about and couldn’t rush. I had to learn to pay attention to every detail and focus in a way I hadn’t had to in years. I learned how to overcome frustrations and take a step back. What was so unfamiliar and uncomfortable for me soon became something I really enjoyed and got comfort from. It made me want to do more new things.

Being comfortable trying new things is a skill that is transferable to all parts of your life, but it takes practice like anything else. When you try new things, you get better at trying new things... it doesn't matter if it is recreational, work related, something for your mental health or your physical well being. New things are new things.

After this past year, I am not about to waste one more minute wondering about things I want to try. I am ready to be a white belt for a whole bunch of stuff I have wanted to do for years💪

What’s on my list?

  1. Trying new forms of kettlebell training...kettlebell sport training, maybe even competing 🤷‍♀️.

  2. Taking tap lessons...will I stink? probably...will it be SUPER fun...probably 💃

  3. Learn an instrument… I’m 38, for real, WHY THE HELL NOT. I want to rock a piano like Lady Gaga and I am here for it. 🎹

The list goes on with a LOT of weird sh*t. :) Stay tuned I will keep you in on all the details of my shenanigans...

If there is something you have been saying you would try, or it has been on your mind. Now is the time:

  • You have the time. If you don’t, you will make the time.

  • You have the resources (there is free EVERYTHING on the internet, that’s a good place to start).

  • You are not too old.

  • You are not supposed to know everything and it’s ok if you don’t.

  • You have nothing to lose.

Put on your white belt, embrace being a beginner and a novice, and get excited for all you have to learn and enjoy.

There I go again, rambling on another tangent:) Have a great Tuesday everyone!


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