Out of sheer curiosity, I joined the Fencing Club at my university back in freshmen year. Around the same time, I also joined the Varsity Outdoor Club there. As the weather got better when Spring rolled around, I ditched the dim-lit ballroom-turned-fencing-practice space, and threw myself into the arms of the great outdoors. It was from then I became hooked on rock climbing, and have not stopped taking backcountry hiking/climbing trips since.
Did I regret giving up the sword for the mountains? Nope. But I did always wonder whether fencing would be something I’d actually be interested in, or even good at, if I had given it a fair chance… so I added it to my “30 before 30” list a couple of years ago. Hang on, wait a second, I just went and double checked my lists, and turns out instead of being on the 30-list, it’s on the bucket list…
I had the bucket list first, but as the items started piling up, I decided that I needed to pick out the high-priority ones and add a timeline to their completion. Because, as the saying goes: a goal without a timeline is just a dream. Anyway, somehow, fencing didn’t make the high-priority list then; but who would’ve thought that today, I get to cross it off!
#7 GIVE FENCING ANOTHER TRY
I have only recently moved to a new city, a great one, actually; but due to career development and personal interests, I’ve been hoping that it would just be a transitional-stop en route to my desired destination. Consequently, for over a month now, I’ve been afraid of making any long-term plans, avoiding creating any sense of permanence here. As the days went by, I came to realize just how important having a schedule and a moderate amount of stress is to me — I am the type that needs to keep myself busy. So, in an effort to not put life on hold, along with other things, I signed up for fencing classes. And today, I picked up that foil again! It was a great feeling.
In the big picture, this city is still only going to be a transitional one; but as it appears, my time here might be a wee-bit longer than I had originally planned. Since I’m here now, might as well allow myself to take in all that this opportunity has to offer, whilst not loosing sight of where I want to go.
Today, I crossed something off of a list that I honestly never thought I would get around to… And also today, I had raspberries — ones as delicious as the fresh carton picked up at the street market in Vienna in late-July earlier this year. Hey, maybe I’ll be back there again someday soon, with the person I was there with… After all, never say never, right?