Several years ago, my parents took me on a cruise. In one particular place, we took a bus ride through the countryside to our first stop where we were going to have lunch. During our journey we saw the true meaning of poverty: houses with no roofs, garbage, and buildings covered with a film that made us unable to tell if they were ten-years-old or one-hundred.
But during that journey, I glanced out the window and saw something that changed me forever. A man was standing outside his house, a house that looked as if the roof would cave in at any moment, tending his garden.
With one leg.
Despite having a home that was barely standing, he took what opportunity he had to make something...to create and cultivate life. As we drove away, I made a silent promise to him: that I would say "yes" to every opportunity.
Which brings me to today.
It has always been a goal in the back of my mind to try new things, and I have realized lately that I haven't been trying very hard to reach it. I tried to think of the last time I did something different, and, I'm embarrassed to say, that it was yeeeaaars ago. So when a friend mentioned she was in a kickboxing class, I recalled every time I had driven by the facility where it is taught, thought about going in, and didn't.
Today, that changed.
And it was the best workout I've ever had.
My muscles are shaky, and I'm waiting for the aches and pains that tomorrow will bring, but I discovered a form of exercise that I actually ENJOY. Believe me, that's a feat in itself. And, bonus, it's in a place where the instructors encourage, not belittle, build you up, not tear you down, and do everything they can to make sure you are having a good time and remembering what you are working toward. I've already met some very nice people, and look forward to my next class in a couple days.
So, one-legged man, I kept my promise, and will continue to keep it. I'm looking forward to the next new thing, and what I'll learn along the way about myself and about the world. If you have any suggestions, dear readers, please comment, or email me. I'm open to suggestions!
Special thanks to I Love Kickboxing. If you are interested, there may be a facility near you.