I can't change the world.. I can change my Self..
yeah that's me..
I'm sitting here with a glass of ouzo and three feet of rusty, battered steel.
I handed it over to one of the first Westerners to end up in Japan, learning budo. Mortified about the condition of the blade, and the sageo.. I got it back without a single extra shaving in the saya, and shook it out, before I cleaned it, utterly embarrassed.. I cleaned it, and bought a new sageo, just so discomfited that my little indulgence had become the instrument of a great teacher.. too late as usual.
The bones of my hands are dented, you can feel the lumps.
The veins are broken, where they got hit, again and again. My knuckles are deformed from trying to punch a horse, who ran into me. My body is deformed, and I need help, to not walk in circles.
My neck is a neurological experiment, my left shoulder has been ripped up twice, and glued back together in three sessions of needle hell. The last one, they drew my own blood, spun out the fibrinogens, and shot it back into me, at the hands of a slender young man, who apologized, and told my husband I was "tough as nails" without ever understanding that the man I love understands toughness on a scale not often comprehended by the living.
I appreciated the sentiment, and live forever in the shadow of Chuck's perspective, of a simple dumb needle in the shoulder compared to the Mumford, a hip replacement, and everything that ever happened to our military sistren &; brethren. So I got a 3-inch needle in my shoulder. I asked for it. I wanted it. That's different.
I kill varmints without fear or regret.
So that's my life, amongst the animals.
There's not much I need.
I need a garden. I need some meat.. can grow, trade or hunt.
I need to work, I need to do my work. I need to make my way, doing this Work. It is bigger than I am, like my training. I went looking for things bigger than me, and boy howdy did I find them.
I need to train. I need a budo, I need a Way. I need something to do with my Self and my Intention.
There is always some kind of negotiation.
I must train, but I must also not incur any more damage.
I cannot tell you, what the new day feels like, but it feels pretty gottamn good to a grrrl who has been looking for her kind of heaven for half a decade, since her teacher lost his groove for good.
I am here, because I spent 20 years on things which did not suit me. and 10 on those that did, but did not survive.
I am here, to work on something that survives.