Great news for me this week. After many weeks of pounding away and sweating rivers it all paid off. Most of my class, myself included, passed our first belt test. Surprisingly I found out that a few students actually “flunked”. Well, maybe that’s a harsh word, maybe they just hadn’t been at it long enough but word on the street has it that they didn’t get their Yellow Belt following the test. Bad for them but in a way it makes me feel better that the belt I earned was not just a gimme because I had showed up and did my time.
I am actually going to be vacationing next week which will be nice. Upon returning I am going to experience my first Graduation Ceremony immediately following my normal class. Apparently the class is a mix of higher and lower belts for socialization purposes so that ought to be nice as I haven’t met anyone in the higher belts yet.
Now, I’m not fixated on the belt by any stretch but anyone who says it doesn’t matter or they don’t care when their next belt is coming is either a Black Belt or a liar. So, yeah, it’s not a small, insignificant deal to me. It’s a visual reminder that I have put in some hard time and that the lessons are getting through my thick skull. If all goes according to plan and schedule I am up for my Orange Belt in three months. Beyond that I will be Purple and moving up to the Advanced class which goes up through Black Belt. No need getting excited about that yet as the promotion to Advanced won’t be happening for me any earlier than February of next year.
Onward and upward!