The Least Likeliest Athlete

Yesterday, I passed my test to earn my black belt in Tae Kwon Do. During the test, I was asked a set of questions by a panel of black belts, Masters, and Grand Masters, and I told them that I am the least likeliest athlete on the planet. I’m 42 years old, have a heart condition, severe arthritis in my back and my hips, and a bum knee.

And yet, since my 40th birthday, I have run two full marathons, eight half marathons, and now, have earned my black belt in the martial arts style that I love so much. Not too shabby.

I’m pretty proud of myself, but I’m not writing this entry to brag. It is my hope that I will inspire others! If you really want to do something, you can! It may take you a little longer, it may feel a little harder, and in the end, it may not look exactly how you envisioned, but if you keep at it, you can get where you want to be!

My test didn’t look the way I had imagined it. It wasn’t as clean or as sharp as I had hoped. I flubbed up in a few areas. But after two days, 200 push ups, 500 sit ups, 8 forms, and a few hours of self defense moves and basics like kicking and punching, I reached a goal I set out to achieve four years ago.

What’s on your “bucket list?” Want to write a book? DO IT! Want to run a marathon? DO IT! Want to find a better job? DO IT! Or at least give it a try. You have nothing to lose by putting yourself out there and trying. Succeed and you’ve reached your goal! Fall short and you’ve learned from a great experience.

Now that I’ve reached this goal, I’m already thinking of what I want my next set of goals to be. Who knows where I’ll go next?

Where do you want to go?

Until next time, veg in, don’t veg out! Karen


4 thoughts on “The Least Likeliest Athlete

  1. I’m 46 and preparing for my black belt test over the next few months. It has been a tough road, having to train between injuries and having taken some pretty good kicks in sparring. Mentally, though, there’s nothing better than connecting your mind and body work to meet a challenge. Congrats on your achievement!

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