One last thing on my training with Arete and my inability to hit him. Isn’t going to be the last thing on training just hopefully on “not” hitting him.
Last night my husband and I had a lively discussion. We were not fighting and it was not contentious or anything like that, but we were passionately discussing whatever. At one point he said, hit me. He was just being silly and trying to add levity to a heavy discussion. Of course, I laughed and said I don’t think so. He laughed and said it again. Hit me. He said, you are all kinds of worked up, I bet you could hurt me. Working on my mindset has become a 24/7 kind of thing for the people in my life, apparently.
As an aside, “all kinds of worked up” for me means, I talk fast and kind of pace around. No cussing, no throwing of objects, no desire to hurt anyone.
He was 100% joking and I did not hit him. This isn’t about the fact that if one is upset they probably shouldn’t go around hitting people. Of course, not. My husband isn’t a bad guy and hitting him in anger(I was not angry, anyway) is not part of any kind of training. He was joking. No one needs to leave a comment about how that should not be my goal. If anonymous is reading this. IT WAS A JOKE.
But, it got me thinking…maybe the reason I can’t hit Arete is that he is not a bad guy. Maybe I have been over thinking things(it has been suggested by a few that I do this) On Friday when I did not hit him, I was frustrated and the main reason was because it surprised me that I couldn’t, but really it wasn’t that I couldn’t, it was that I didn’t. There were 2 times that I came very close to hitting him. He was annoying me and making me mad and when I was getting mad at him, I felt like hitting him. So, good guy, don’t want to hit you. Acting like a jerk, kind of want to hit you. I have never felt like wanting to hit someone before, but I did want to. That’s progress.
If you ask me if I think I could tear a part a bad guy with my bare hands and do whatever it takes to stop his attack, I will say, yes and I will mean it. Just like with my gun, I play scenarios over and over in my mind of doing just that. I try to be as graphic and brutal in my thoughts and my imagination as possible and I never cry or feel bad or think, “Oh, I will never be able to do that.” Just the opposite. I think, “I can do that” and I usually get very motivated and want to call up Arete and say, “Please, please, please meet me I am so ready to hit you”.
Maybe the mental block is not in my lack of wolfness. Maybe it is in my inability to separate out that he is not a bad guy and then over thinking it and then turning it into meaning something it doesn’t.
Maybe I am learning things and maybe my mind is changing and honestly, I do believe to my core that if a bad guy came after me, I would be able to hit, punch, kick, gouge his eyes out and/or any other number of violent responses to the threat.
Regardless, I am sick to death of this internal battle. I am done. I am so done. I did actually for a split second think of driving to his work and saying, enough. This has to end, now, but I thought better of it. Showing up at a place of business, storming in his office and punching him seems like a situation that would end poorly for me, so I will wait for a scheduled meeting, but I am telling you, the next time I train, I AM going to hit him. I think I will wait until he says to though(sorry 45er) cuz he hits hard and I just don’t think a surprise attack on a trained sniper is a good idea. Maybe I will save that for the next session or perhaps the one after that…