Today (Sunday, January 17) , I met a man who might be one of our future students at UAlbany. Retired from a local law enforcement agency in his late 40s, this man is heavily involved in perfecting his skills in various forms of martial arts. Perfecting includes regular trips to Japan to study with his Sensei. He also teaches these skills to students who apply to his program by invitation only. As he spoke about his craft, I started to think that I was just introduced to a local version of Michael Weston (reference to the show: Burn Notice).
Our conversation did not begin with martial arts, but with fine arts. This man is an avid painter and has begun to show his works at different galleries as well as teach courses in the community. He spoke of painting with the same passion and fervor as he did martial arts and justice. He hopes to earn his degree in Fine Arts at UAlbany one day and has already spoken to admissions counselors. There was such a glimmer in his eyes when he spoke of his future in the fine arts, that all of us in the conversation were smiling.
Meeting this retired law enforcement officer, Buddhist, painter, martial arts student and instructor, father, husband, and handy man reminded me that one does not have to silence parts of themselves in order to succeed. Success might simply be defined by being the best you in every moment, rising from the ashes when you fail, and ever striving to learn more and to grow. I believe that this man will ever be perfecting his skills in the martial and fine arts and I think that he will live a longer and happier life because of it.
Welcome! My name is Rachel Moody. I post weekly announcements and messages to motivate and inspire my UAlbany advisees, and any one else who visits. Comments are welcome! While you are here, have a virtual cup of tea!