Okay, well maybe not a ninja, per se, but I am a martial artist. This is not something I have shared here at Lilahbility in the past because it didn't seem all that relevant to my thoughts on motherhood. But I've been thinking about that more and more, and I have now come to the conclusion that motherhood and ninja-hood actually have a lot in common. So I've decided I am ready to flying head kick my way out of the proverbial closet and tell you about my love affair with the martial arts.
|Mid-kick while secretly 5 weeks pregnant with Lilah |
(don't worry, my sparring partner knew not to kick me in the tummy)
About five years ago, while I was training in kickboxing, I was lucky enough to meet and be taught by a Sensei who pushed me past what I thought were my limits and encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and try competing in a few local tournaments. I have learned a lot about myself through my participation in the martial arts, and even more through breaking down my own barriers and competing. I firmly believe that I would not be the same person I am today had I not traveled down this road, and I hope to be able to call myself a martial artist for the rest of my life.
|Victorious after a tournament|
That's me on the right. The one with hair.
You see? We're not so different from ninjas after all. I suspect that there is actually a ninja dwelling deep within each and every parent. And I challenge you to connect with yours!
Unfortunately for me, I'm not the only one in the Lilahbility household who's in touch with her inner ninja - Lilah appears to have picked up some skills during the martial arts classes she attended while in utero. She always seems to sense when I am attempting a covert operation, and Babygirl sure knows how to fight fire with fire!
|The cutest little ninja you ever did see.|