Last Saturday, my oldest daughter officially earned her Black Belt.
I don't have as many profound thoughts about this as I thought I might. Mostly, we were tired and glad the stress of it was over. It was a solid test, she did very well, and we're very proud of her.
I think this is because it's a little too soon to have any real insight. While the rite of passage of black belt is extremely important, especially for someone who intends to study for a lifetime, I think it takes a while for a newly minted black belt to feel like one.
This was definitely true for Mr. Chick and I, when we were surprise promoted (after being secretly tested for hours and never suspecting it was a test) to black belt last year. We didn't feel like we were black belts (I still feel this way, sometimes). Kidlet feels the same way.
It occurred to me - what should it feel like, exactly?
So today, I want your feedback - please let me know in the comments below:
- What does black belt mean to you?
- What was your test and first year like?
- What advice do you have for a newly minted black belt?
- What do you wish you'd known as a new black belt that you know now?
- What does being a black belt "feel like" to you?