Friday I test for black belt.
In a way this is surreal. This has been a goal of mine for twenty years and I am about to achieve it.
In another way I am ready for it to be done with. I am tired and ready to keep on training without quite the overload. I have been actively working on this test for six months, with the last two months being fairly strenuous training. I am ready to have the belt around my waist and go back to class.
In a way absolutely nothing will change. Yet everything will change.
I feel the same way about having my Master's degree. Obtaining my M.S. was a major accomplishment. I know that not everyone obtains one - only about 8% of the population. Yet, around me most everyone has one and most have a doctorate degree.
It will be the same with my black belt. Not everyone has one. I see people drop out all the time. Just making it to this point is a major accomplishment. Yet, it still is really a start of a journey.
Wish me luck!
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