(THIS POST IS NOT SPONSORED BY TOPKICK)
I am turning 40 in a few weeks. Since my 39th birthday, I have been thinking a lot about the quality of my life. How do I want to age? My husband just turned 40 and my son is 7. My in-laws live with me and they are both in their golden years. As a wife, mother and daughter in law, my household of 5 has always come first. I'm also a daughter, a sister, sister in law, and friend. Each one of these roles are tied to very important responsibilities that I hold dear to my heart. I love them all so much.
As I contemplate on all of the wonderful people in my life, I feel compelled to be around as long as possible to take care of all of them. For many years I was convinced that everyone else's needs had to come first in order for me to be happy. I do genuinely take pride in being able to take care of them. However, I think I tipped the scale when I started neglecting my own health and wellness for the sake of theirs. I have learned over the last year that it is ok for to make myself a priority. It's empowering and it has actually strengthened my bond with my family. Every fear that kept me from putting myself first turned out to be not true. Once I decided to commit to aging well, I began to redefine my own thoughts of how I will age.
I started to envision my future self as active, adventurous and unencumbered with medical issues. Ultimately, I want the rest of my life to be the best of my life!
In 2015 through Spring 2016, I sat on the sidelines watching my then 6 year old son Owen train in Taekwondo at TopKick. It was thrilling to watch him challenge himself physically. I am so proud of him. Then one day it dawned on me. I could be taking Taekwondo too! I'm already there twice a week with Owen. We could even take class together. Well, I am a few months in and have recently been honored with the white belt. The white belt is considered the beginning. Starting pure without any knowledge of Taekwondo. It was incredible to join in on the same classes Owen was in. We trained for a few weeks together and then he graduated to a higher ranking green belt. We're in separate classes now but we talk every day about the new kicks and blocks we're learning. We train together at home. I am certainly benefiting mentally and physically, but I cannot express enough how much closer I am with my son. It was an unexpected benefit. The other day I asked Owen how he feels about our time together training in and he answered, "Because we share something we like, it builds us up. It gives us time to have fun, take chances and learn."
Check out my video below. It's me practicing the roundhouse kick. You see me from behind. I'm the one that kicks the ball. I have a long way to go, but I certainly look forward to each and every class. The classes are not easy, but I am determined to see this through.
WINNERS ARE NOT PEOPLE WHO NEVER FAIL, BUT PEOPLE WHO NEVER QUIT