I'm still new to parkour, I definitely admit that. My first session was literally a month ago at Sloat, one day before my archaeology final. (Which I know now was probably a bad idea since my quads were so sore the next day I was almost crying when I had to go down stairs, so sitting in a desk for two hours and ever time I moved, I winced...bad.) I remember seeing those parkour videos on YouTube and in movies/music videos, etc. and thinking "Wow...that's amazing. Too bad I'll never in a million years be able to do that stuff."
I don't even really remember how exactly I found this site or what possessed me to join. I think it was my friend, Brandon that had been teaching himself parkour and showing off in front of us girls and then me attempting to do it after him and then as Google is crack, I started researching. I found BAPK and was floored at knowing that this was here. I just remember just wanting to go to a session and trying. What was the hurt in that?
I won't go into a huge long out entry about my history or anything, but I've been struggling with host of issues for the last several years and working my way through it slowly and surely. It's been rough and heart-breaking but I keep having to push myself past all these mental barriers to keep myself going.
After tonight's class at the gym, I was surprised at how happy I was when I left. Almost a two hour workout where I didn't look at the clock or feel like giving up or get down on myself for not being perfect and I actually was enjoying myself the entire time. Parkour is helping me in ways I didn't even expect and I'm incredibly thankful. I'm showing my colors as a total girl right now, but I'm thankful also to how welcoming and helpful everyone has been, especially at the beginner sunday sessions.
I don't really know the point of this entry really, other than to say thank you and I'm looking forward to learning and growing more.