Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Waiting

So the exact date of my kobudo black belt test was set about a month or two ago.

I've been working hard in practicing every chance I get, trying to fine tune what we're expected to know so I can not look like a complete buffoon on the test.

It feels like the days are moving by soooo sloooowwwlllyy.


I'm terrible at waiting for future events.  I'm a future-oriented person (which has its perks and downsides), and I love to make plans and checklists and what have you for the future. I enjoy the logistical problem that's to be solved (whether it's something in martial arts, like a test or a seminar, or other things like going on a trip or planning a party).

But once I've made a decision on something I really hate having to put off acting on that decision until some far-off future date.

That's the state I'm in now. I honestly wish I could just take the test right now (forgoing the month of practice I have ahead of me, which I certainly could use) because I just want to get it over with.

I have other things I'm working on for the future too. 2018 is going to be a big year of change for me and my family. This kobudo black belt test is sort of the first "big event" in a chain of events leading up to stuff I'm working on for next summer (and beyond).

Plans within plans... and I'm having to wait for the right time to execute those plans.

Timing.  Ah, timing, it's such an important concept in the martial arts, isn't it? You'd think, by now, that I'd have a better tolerance for waiting for the right time to do things.

You'd think.

So tell me about how you deal with the lead-up to a big promotion in the martial arts.  Are you like me - just wanting to get it over with?  What are your tips for getting through the waiting period before test day? Let us know in the comments!