In middle school, I had a really creepy bus driver. All of us thought he was weird and we made fun of him all the time. One day, he looked at me in the mirror and said, “I chose you to be one of my special kids and now you make fun of me”, and sadly went back to driving. I started walking home from school the next day.
Just a few days later, my mom realized I was walking home, rather than taking the bus. I told her about the bus driver and she talked to the school administration. I don’t know what they told her, but I was forbidden to walk home anymore. I lived closest to the school but the required district route meant that I got off last, with one other neighbor boy. If he wasn’t on the bus, I’d have to ride alone. I started getting off early and cutting through the woods, so I wouldn’t be on the bus alone, but I’d also be following my mom’s rules. I kept up that routine for three years.
One night at dinner, the news reported a shooting in the parking lot of a nearby convenience store. When they showed the picture of the man, it was the creepy bus driver. I was amazed. Until that moment, a part of me believed that my intuition might have been flawed, that maybe I was over-reacting. It was the moment I first understood that rules cannot protect us. Our actions and trust in ourselves is what ultimately keeps us safe. My mom and the school only had my word, and that’s just not enough in our litigious society. It was a great gift because when we avoid a dangerous situation, we often don’t get to know that we were right. I was right; he was creepy.
The reason I fell in love with our martial art is because it teaches you how to recognize your own innate powers. Whether it’s intuition of intention, a person’s truthfulness, market trends, or nutritional needs, To-Shin Do training helps you trust in your choices. It’s not a quick and easy path, but in just a few years, you earn a lifetime of magic.
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