Jane Austen’s heroines had dreams, didn’t they? Elizabeth Bennet, of course, dreamed of marrying for affection. Fanny Price and Elinor Dashwood dreamed of being accepted by the men they loved. Anne Elliot had a dream, eight years before her story started, but she had been persuaded to give up on it. Catherine Morland had lots of dreams- more like fantasies, really. And Emma- well, I’m not sure what her dream would have been. Perhaps making the perfect match for Harriet? At any rate, what is a heroine (or hero) to do without a dream?
Dreamers, all of them
All of this leads to sharing my dream: for almost two years now, I have been dreaming of becoming a third degree black belt in taekwondo.
My taekwondo journey started in 2008, when my husband and I joined a local karate school and began diligently taking lessons. At the time, my dream was much less ambitious: I wanted to be more physically fit, have fun, and make friends. I had no desire to ever earn even a first degree black belt, let alone second or third.
But the bug bit, and it bit hard. Loving the physical challenge, within six weeks of signing up I had decided to go for my first degree. That was as far as my dream went at the time–to just get my first degree black belt and then move on to another pursuit.
Shortly after earning first degree
However, along the way I began to realize how much there was to learn after reaching that first major milestone, and I decided to go further. In 2010 I was able to wear the black belt for the first time, and then in 2012 I made my next goal. By that point, there was no question that I would also try for third degree.
Yes, that’s me, demonstrating a sword form at tournament!
In August 2015 I tested for third degree and did not make it. At first that did not greatly upset me. Disappointments are a part of the taekwondo way of life, and I didn’t achieve second degree black belt the first time either. But then other obstacles came in my way. Injuries, interruptions in training and other things combined to make me think it would never happen.
However, I have decided to take up this goal again, and if all goes well, on December 16th, 2016, I will be testing once again. Please wish me well, and spare a kind thought for everyone out there who dreams a dream!