Pick Your Passion – The Martial Arts Woman

I never understood “passion” until I wrote my first article in Martial Arts Magazine. When I wrote this article, my two passions, writing and martial arts, collide. I realized then that I had an all-time passion that I had never embraced. It didn’t make sense and wasn’t clicked until that point.

Honestly, publishing was the opportunity of a lifetime, and what’s more, the magazine editor told me I was a talented writer. Those were the first positive words I heard about my martial arts writing. They were particularly encouraging because this editor was sticking with how he wanted to write articles, what to include, and how to organize the words.

ignite my passion I had never thought of combining my love of martial arts with writing until I read the ad in a martial arts industry magazine looking for a “martial arts book”. I gathered some courage to give myself a chance and it worked. I discovered that I had a talent and this pushed my passion for martial arts, positivity and writing even further. After that the first of several articles and at the insistence of a friend, I started Blog (yes, this blog!). Within a short time, my passion had moved from the shadows to the forefront of my life.

All this brings me back to you. Are you still waiting on the sidelines to discover your passion? It won’t fall from the sky (yes, I would too!). Instead, you have to take some chances and some risks outside your comfort zone, just as you did with the magazine article. From there, you find new and amazing adventures, or at least a direction you know you should or should not follow.

No need to wait for someone to check out your talents, as I did. I could have participated in writing opportunities much sooner. I wasted a lot of precious time not giving myself credit for what I felt compelled to do. I pushed my creative outlet aside over and over again thinking I wasn’t good enough. That’s always the barrier, isn’t it? You are comparing yourself to others. You think you can’t do that. You wonder if you’re good enough.

What I discovered and what is very important for you to know is that passion has no standards. There is no checklist outlining why, how, or whether you should be passionate about something. Everyone has a passion, purpose, and undiscovered talents. You learn a lot about yourself when you finally find out. This allows you to find personal fulfillment.

Martial arts are another example of how I waited to be encouraged or invited before trying something new. It took asking someone else to convince me to enter the dojo. If it were up to me, I would be very worried about not being accepted by other students or too afraid of making a mistake. I would never have tried.

What I learned shocked me.

I learned that martial arts were perfect for “sinners” (I made up this word – “those who make mistakes”) like me. I felt the doors swing wide open as I approached the dojo. I had all my insecurities and fears about learning existing martial arts. I was a white belt, a lost soul, not believing in myself, but I was there.

Then another discovery occurred. I noticed that there are students with flaws, bad habits, difficult and negative lives, and lack of self-confidence just like me. This discovery shocked me because I thought I was the only one.

Looking back, I realize that this is the best starting point for any martial artist. Melted into the ranks of the students who were already familiar with the protocols, the extensions and the momentum of the class. We all looked the same as we did at attention in our crisp uniforms except for the colors of the belts that distinguished the novices from the experienced. At that moment the experience was separating us from each other but almost connected to each other.

We all had fears. We all had dreams. We all felt sad. We all had frustrations. We all had fun. We all had hope. All emotions filled the dojo. I fit. Whether I was happy or frustrated, I had a place.

For many, passion sits in deep layers, pushed aside by life, responsibilities, and obligations. My writing has been dormant for a long time. Surprisingly, my passion for martial arts brought my writing back to life. This is how it works. One passion builds upon the other, from basic to more layers. Goals and dreams build on passion if you allow yourself some time to discover your talents.

Passion does not require perfection. It does not need to be documented or explained. It’s yours and yours alone. However, you must take the first step. Start looking inside to find the person you’ve always wanted to be. what do you see? Do you live with anxiety and fear or do you allow emotion and purpose to emerge?

My advice is simple because there is not much to it. Hold on for a moment. Take a look inside. Then choose your passion and build on it.

xoxo

Andrea

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