Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Loving This Book!

One thing I love that I rarely write about here is martial arts. It's been a part of my life since I was thirteen and I've competed and trained in three states, nearly making it to black belt twice before I had to move and leave the school. But now at age 31, I am training again, every day here at the farm. It's mostly on my own and mostly an uphill battle but I am on my way to a black belt once again. Maybe that's why Susan Schorn's book mattered to me so much? It is written by a female martial artist, but I don't think it was her karate life that kept me reading: it was her message:

You don't have to be afraid.

Powerful stuff in here. It's not a self help book, but it is helping me with my own anxiety and fear. It's a take on how to see things differently and how to be safer in our world. Yes, there is talk about karate and self defense but also about marriage, moving away from home, a sister's experience with cancer, raising children and so forth. It's the story of a woman in today's world who deals with all the fights and fears of everyday life. Reading it made me sigh deep and feel stronger. Check it out if you get a chance.