Being a “grown-up” is what has been on my mind lately. I am one month shy of thirty-two, but most days I feel like I am still twenty-two. I always thought I would hit this stage of life and feel like I had some things figured out, but all I have figured out is that I have very little figured out at all. Ten years from now I will probably feel the same way.
What I do know about being an adult is that I appreciate things that I never used to appreciate like learning, the passing of time and that I care very little about what most people think of me. These realizations are what have led me to try so many new things the last few years, and to really challenge myself to do what I want to do because this is my life and my time, and putting limits on myself is just ridiculous. This is also what has led me to boxing.
I have been boxing now for about five months, and I look forward to it every week. Here’s the thing about boxing that keeps me going back: I’m not that great at it. It’s a real challenge for me and it is still scary for me because I feel that there is just so much to learn (plus someone is literally trying to attack me). There are so many moving parts both physical and mental, but it’s the challenge that keeps me coming back each week to learn more.
Sometimes, you just need to do things that make you uncomfortable, that push you to be better and that challenge you. These uncomfortable experiences force you to stretch the limits of what you thought was possible for yourself. I challenge you to really think about what you want to be doing with your life and figure out a way to make them happen. They don’t have to be huge life changing events, but instead might be an interest that you have always wanted to pursue. It may be something that makes to feel excited or challenges you to grow. Whatever it may be, start making those small steps to get closer to what you want to do with your life.
What do I intend with this new interest of mine? I’m not really sure, but I am enjoying the process. Fighting forces me to push back and throw a punch when I really just want to run away, but I will not throw in the towel. When I just want to say, “please don’t try to punch me again, because I’d really like an opportunity to throw a punch at you”. It makes me uncomfortable and that’s how I know I should be doing it right now. It also makes me feel like a badass, but that’s beside the point.
If you are interested in training to fight and live in the St. Louis area, I recommend working with Dan Isaac. I started out taking his classes and then started working with him one-on-one. He is a great coach and an even better human. Look him up, he will push you beyond what you thought you were capable of and you will learn so much along the way.