In this article series, I will share with you the process that led to my needing to re-define my dreams because of matters that were out of my control. I am sharing this series to encourage you to also look at your dreams — if need be because of matters that are out of your control — in a different way. Do not Give Up on Your Dreams — Re-define your dreams.
Note: For the past 7 1/2 years I have been training and growing as a martial artist under a Sensei — instructor — in international martial arts and boxing. I have been a brown belt for over 2 years in the process of pursuing my dream of entering a 10-month long black belt cycle to then test for my black belt.
Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live my friend. I am happy to see that you decided to stop by to visit with me. Several months ago I wrote an article, Second Chance to Live — My Presence has been My Absence in which I explained why I had been in the hospital from August 17 – September 1 and unable to answer email and contribute to Second Chance to Live during that time period. My hospitalization had been a result of a sinus infection that developed into an orbital cellulitis.
When I got out of the hospital I was too weak to work out at the YMCA, much less train at the martial arts school. As I gained strength I decided to visit the martial arts school to see my Sensei and my fellow students.
On that trip to the martial arts school, I found out that there was going to be the once a year progress check for the brown belt students on November 8. The progress check occurs–once a year — to determine which of the brown belt students are ready to enter a 10 month long black belt preparation period to potentially qualify those students for a two-day black belt exam the following October. The two-day test would then determine whether the student would be awarded their probationary black belt.
When I found out that the qualifying progress check was going to be on November 8 I was both sad and a frustrated. l was sad because I did not think there would be any way that I could or would be ready physically to meet the demands of the test, being that my body had been depleted by the infection and hospital stay. I was frustrated because I knew how much hard work I had put into my training — in the preparation for the possibility of entering the black belt cycle — prior to being admitted to the hospital. I was also disappointed because all my hard work had been done in vain.
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