Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson I love this quote (and hav...
Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Enter RP (not her real name/initials). Before I even saw her land a punch I knew she was the real deal: committed to fight sport, dangerous in the ring, and not to be trifled with (I wouldn't want to mix with her in a dark, dimly, or even well-lit alley). I could see the focus in her eyes and the intention in her movement. Unlike many of the girls in the bag classes (whose punches looked like epileptics swatting at flies, my apologies to both epileptics and flies), she wasn't there just look cute and burn calories. I didn't know whether I should try to prove my toughness with her or to beg for mercy.
The only way I can adequately thank RP is to stay on the path that she has shown me by never ceasing to fight even when I'm feeling frustrated, defeated, outmatched, or just plain tired; by continually making the choice to believe I am strong enough to face (either offensively, defensively, or both) whatever life has to throw at me; and by supporting all the people who mirror and support the ideals listed above.
[And yes, I'm totally going to bed saying to myself "one day I'm gonna be badass just like RP..."]