Looking Silly

October 13th, 2011

Hello and welcome to another episode of The Thursday Blog. You are going to enjoy today’s episode whether you are reading this for the first time or reading this for the second time.

Don’t think too hard about that intro.

Well what a week I have had. It has been full on mainly because I have decided to cram a few important things in this week. In fact My Princess and I have a fairly big list of things we want to get done before we have our next child in December. This is extremely challenging but it’s ok. We can rest when our child is born………….. hang on that won’t work. We may need to re-look at this plan.

To add to the challenge I have decided to try something new which involves a lot of:

Looking Silly

This week I went to a Karate lesson. Now stop laughing at me or I will fly kick you in the head……… as soon as I learn how to do that. I found a deal online 6 months ago that gave me a month of lessons for $19 so I thought it was worth a try. I booked in and was told that there would be plenty of new people so to just wear shorts and a t-shirt. I went to the first lesson with high hopes.

I rock up and quickly realise that I am the only one without the full karate uniform. I go sit in a corner and look around. At first I thought that no-one was friendly until I found out there is no talking permitted in the Dojo. The Sensei comes in and everyone gets in line in order of rank. Can you guess where someone in shorts and a t-shirt stands. You got it, at the very end of the line.

The lesson went on and I tried to follow along. I was hoping that I was a child prodigy that was a freak of nature and would at least be a brown belt. Unfortunately that was not the case as I struggled with my punches and kicks. My kicks are the worst. He kept saying “Kick up” and I kept thinking “of course I am kicking up, why would I kick down???”. I didn’t say that to him, not because I am a coward but because we are not allowed to talk.

I managed to get through a lesson on Monday and the next day I felt so sore. The kind of sore where you pick up a pen from your desk and your muscles yell at you “WHY ARE YOU PICKING UP THAN A 4-TONNE WEIGHT”. Everything in me didn’t want to go back. Why? Because no one likes to look silly, and compared to everyone else in the class I definitely looked silly.

I returned on Wednesday and to my joy there was someone else new with no uniform. I stood next to her on the end of the line (as a gentleman I let her stand in a higher position in the line). I also wanted to look out for her so I whispered to her a few things like when to stand, when to kneel and what in the world the word “Yami” means. Then we started punching and I was focusing on my punches which were looking great. I kind of felt sorry for her as she would have no idea what she was doing but I couldn’t help her, I had to concentrate on what I was doing. I just had to let her look silly seeing as it was her first week.

We then broke off into groups. The Sensei told the white belts and us newbies to be in one group whilst all the pros did something else. He then pointed to her and told her to stay with the pros. I had no idea why? Maybe she was the karate prodigy that I wished I was. He then told her to go stand on the end of a line and had every pro come and attack her one by one to which she proceeded to block and then counter attack with lightning speed!!!!

It turned out she used to be a black belt a few years back and is getting back into it…and I was giving her tips. I definitely was the one looking silly again.

Many people refuse to try new things for the fear of looking silly. It may be joining a sport, taking up a hobby or even trying an outreach for your kids ministry. The thing is there is no way around it, you will look silly and you may suck for a while but that is a part of getting better. For years in my performances I would only do things where I could guarantee a win, but it was holding me back from discovering something new. We need to remember that even if you fall flat on your face at least you are going forward.

Have Fun.

Dan

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3 Responses to “Looking Silly”

  1. Sam Says:

    Haha.. Great blog as always! Inspiring! :)

  2. Nathan J. Anderson (@NathanAndersonJ) Says:

    That’s hilarious! Ko-ne-chi-wah

  3. TIM SHIELS Says:

    Great post. I always like to ask people “when was the last time you tried something for the first time?”

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