Karate anyone? Never in my life I ever thought that one day I'd be a karate kid, or rather karate-mom. But today is D day. Following one of my impulses has landed me this. It was a mixed feeling before I started the class. My practical side said that I have to go on with it, since my two kids are doing it as well. That way I could be their motivating factor. Plus a family package of 3 people entitles us to a 20% discount each session. On the other hand, my emotional side kept discouraging me.
At the very last minute I had cold feet. I felt sort of embarrassed, thinking "what if I were the only adult there..." or "what if I couldn't follow the movements...". But the karate instructor solved the problem for me. He put me in the next session that's mainly composed of adults. I didn't even have the time to reconsider. Upon finishing their training, I sent the kids home and barely made it back to my session. I wouldn't have had the time to cancel even if I intended to.
So, on I went, this one clumsy mom. And before I knew it, I was enjoying myself like I never did before! True that I might have been a bit clumsy, blame it on my age, but the exercise was so smoothly conducted that I felt like I was doing every movement right. I even thought for a while that it was just like dancing, all rhythm and beat, only a bit tougher...
One thing for sure, I let the child in me out. It was a wonderful feeling to be able to punch and kick the instructor :) I should have done this years and years ago, when the body was still ten times swifter and more agile. But then again, some people are just late bloomers, I supposed.
I do wonder how long will I last...
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