Not so long ago, I was a little girl, eager to prove myself, and I wanted to become invincible, and I wanted to reach freedom. Well, soon I would realize that I was weak and fragile, for I couldn’t fight and defend myself from physical bullying. I remember when I challenged my cousin for a fight, and when we started, he pulled my hair and I was unable to fight back. Then I realized, that If wanted to become strong, I had to do something about it, like training. One day I read the newspaper and I found some pictures and an article about some Karate girls that recently won tournaments. I was in shock, finally, what I needed had landed in my mind: to practice Karate.
So I told my father to enroll me in an public academy near to my house. I started to train very hard and was invited to train with a selected group of teenagers at a private academy. I was fifteen, and I was as agile as an arrow. Truly an ace. I started to participate in Karate tournaments around my country, and achieved the second place nationwide (I tortured myself for not achieving first place). I was elected the Karate girl of the year in my city, and won most regional tournaments. I was fearless, for in the dojo there was no boy or man that could defeat me. I would walk freely late at night in the streets, and really felt invincible.
I practiced Karate for nearly ten years, and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. I trained to earn my black belt, but when it came the day of the examination, I wasn’t able to afford the cost of the diploma, so I remained with my brown belt, proudly. Karate not only gave me the opportunity to defend myself, it also gave me discipline, common sense, persistence and basic values. It showed me that a woman is not fragile or weak, that in fact, she can be stronger than anyone else. If you are a woman, please keep this in mind, and try to practice Karate, it will change your life.
Now, here it comes the essential part of my letter, because even when I don’t practice Karate anymore, all the experiences I had served me well in Literature. Last year I was invited to a program for young writers in Arequipa, I spent five days enjoying this beautiful city, participating in lectures and recitals. Fifteen days later all the invited writers had to submit a story, chronicle, poem or essay about the event, and it would be published in a book. To be honest, I had no idea what to write about, and so my Karate came to rescue me: I wrote about a national tournament in which I obtained the second place and made a parallel with the program for young writers, for in the story, both activities occur in the same city, although in different periods. I described how Karate was so competitive and how I assumed Literature, which is also competitive, but I don’t really see it that way, just do my things and look up to myself. I described the sound of happiness in my writing, and how I don’t feel the urge to win everytime. The story is called Colores increados (Uncreated colors), and it is included in my book Planeta Délfico y otros cuentos (Delphic planet and other stories).
So, the conclusion of this letter is that as a young writer one must explore other areas of development, sports, Arts, sciences, and enrich the writing with new elements that will bring variety and interesting nuances to the text.
I hope you found this letter interesting and hopefully you will find inspiration and will try something new to enrich your writing. I’ll be so delighted to know your answer: what activity do you practice other than writing? What other activities would you like to try in the future? Please leave your thoughts and comments below. My best wishes always.