A Troubled Life Which Needed a Breakthrough
Throughout my life I was considered an odd person by my peers. As long as I can recall, I always fell short of societal expectations and I was always despised because of this. In addition to being considered an outcast by the mainstream society, I had also accepted my inadequacy and believed that I was weird. Following uncountable therapy sessions, many therapists told me that I should appreciate myself in order to boost my self-esteem and confidence and fight off societal discrimination. The only problem is that these therapists never showed me a practical approach of appreciating myself and enhancing my self esteem and confidence. That is why I am grateful to the martial arts practice of aikido for showing me a way and guiding me on how one can appreciate themselves and hence boost their self confidence and self esteem. Although the practice of aikido originates from Japan, this amazing martial arts practice can be used by anybody in the world to revamp their lives.
Overcoming a Troubled Life by Embracing Aikido Training
I was born and raised in a highly dysfunctional family. After witnessing my father physically abusing my mother during my younger years, the monster vanished and he never returned to our home again. After my father left, my mother became depressive and became an alcoholic. Following these occurrences, I was raised as an only child by single alcoholic mother who hurled insults at me throughout my childhood. I almost succumbed to obesity as a young teenager making me the mocking point of my entire school and neighbourhood. I managed to solve my weight problem when I joined high school bit my peers would not see past the point that I was the weirdo with the alcoholic mother. Additionally, my past humiliations had a long-lasting emotional and psychological effect on me. I have always been overly shy and I could never talk to a girl until I was in college. After joining college, my life improved a bit and I was able to fit in, albeit poorly. I started dating but my relationships did not last due to my emotional handicap. I was introduced to aikido by a good friend and classmate, who ended up becoming my current girlfriend, Lilly.
Experiencing Changes After Taking Aikido Lessons
Lilly took an interest in me after she noticed my odd behaviour in class and she sought me out for a talk. She was very strong and determined to learn about my past but I shut her out completely. She told me how she had been raised as an orphan in an abusive homestead and how she had overcome the past using aikido. I could not believe that such a confident woman could have originated in such a pitiful past. That is when I decided to give aikido a try. I enrolled in a training class and started attending practice sessions. The change was remarkable. After learning the conventional martial arts training on physical combat, we were taught other aspects of life such as self-control and positivity. We were introduced to the spiritual and philosophical tenets of aikido and how one can use their weaknesses as strengths. It very effective and I started regaining my self esteem and confidence. After attending the training for almost a year, everyone in class noted my change and even my alcoholic mother started respecting me. I embraced my strengths, focused on the positives, and overcame past prejudices. I am now in my final year of college and I am very proud of myself. I am also proud of my life changing girlfriend and the wonderful life training of aikido.