“Fifteen to eighteen percent of girls under twelve now wear mascara, eyeliner and lipstick regularly; eating disorders are up and self-esteem is down; and twenty-five percent of young American women would rather win America’s Next Top Model than the Nobel Peace Prize. Even bright, successful college women say they’d rather be hot than smart. A Miami mom just died from cosmetic surgery, leaving behind two teenagers. This keeps happening, and it breaks my heart.
Teaching girls that their appearance is the first thing you notice tells them that looks are more important than anything. It sets them up for dieting at age 5 and foundation at age 11 and boob jobs at 17 and Botox at 23. As our cultural imperative for girls to be hot 24/7 has become the new normal, American women have become increasingly unhappy. What’s missing? A life of meaning, a life of ideas and reading books and being valued for our thoughts and accomplishments.”—
SOOOO happy!! this really took me by surprise. I only got my 4th stripe around the end of May or the beginning of June.
I had a really good day training today. after our lesson we rolled and I was pretty controlling over my opponent, another 4 stripe white belt. we usually go back and force grappling but I caught him with two triangle to omoplatas and got a nice 93 guard sweep and was moving really well.
I rolled with another tough 3 stripe white belt afterwards and caught him with the move of the day, which my instructor saw (arm bar from when an opponent stands up in your guard) and i could see he was happy about that. after that i got caught in a weird arm triangle which was crushing my hand blocking the choke more than choking me, so i tapped. then i pulled off another arm bar in the same manner as before.
afterwards my instructor stood up and said something like “guys, today we’re going to give adam his blue belt.”
i was like whaaaaaaat?? haha i could barely believe it. it’s still hard to believe it.
but i earned it!
then i had to run the gauntlet (run shirtless in between the entire class in two lines as they whip me with their belts. it hurt pretty good. one even broke the skin on my left triceps.
BUT… it was still all worth it lol. the past few weeks I’d been thinking about my game alot and the wholes i need to fix. i even thought to myself “well as a white belt i can afford to make all these mistakes” haha.
i’m still gunna make mistakes.. and still probably get tapped by a few of the bigger stronger white belts, but thats all right i guess. my training will never be complete so theres no point in getting upset over the difficulties of training.
now to keep on pressing forward and search for the PURPLE belt hahah. maybe i’ll tumble about that in 2 or so years lol
Sam Stout knocked out Yves Edwards with a vicious left hand at UFC 131. A lot can be said about a fighter who’s able to find restraint after landing a devastating punch like that while being emotionally excited for his victory.