I did it.
Yesterday was my last day of classes for the term at Langara. I wrapped up my English class, my Biology class and my Psychology class. Most of which are courses I’m not super interested in, but have to do as pre-reqs anyway. I don’t mind the psych class, I just wish it was a little more focused on neurosciences instead of so general. But I understand completely that first year courses are general for a reason, and I don’t mind that.
But I have exited purgatory and now I can start focusing on classes that will actually hold my attention and I will want to study more in depth. This fall I’ll be taking Exercise Physiology (with a focus on cardiac rehabilitation), Bryan Dysfunction and Recovery, Brain and Behaviour (an intro to neuroscience class), Research Methods in Kinesiology, Human Motor Behaviour, BioMechanics, and Skeletal Muscle Physiology. I’m really excited. I was also accepted into a 16 month program (seminar style class thingie) where I will learn about chronic health conditions in a mutli-professional setting. I’ll be presenting my learnings at a symposium in April, and writing a paper for next December. It’s pretty cool!
And Italy is soooooon! (Which also means I’m almost done work and so excited for that) In 15 days I jet off across the pond for a month-long adventure. I’ll be landing in Paris, then flying to Nice (3 days), Cinque Terre (3 days), Florence (3 days), Rome (3 days), Naples (2 days), Sorrento (1 day), Venice (1 day), Milan (3 days) and then back to Paris (3 days) before returning home.
I’ve also been back training BJJ full-time. I found a great gym that I really like, and I’ll be helping out by teaching the women’s class in the fall when I’m back. Which I’m excited and nervous about. I’m finally getting to a point now where I feel like I don’t have to think about what I’m doing when I roll, I can just go with the flow so to speak and not worry about thinking “Am I gonna break my ankle if I roll this direction?” The muscle memory is coming back, I’m remembering how to properly pass, properly submit, properly play guard. Although I’m playing more open guard (and not liking it) since it’s hard to play closed guard with my knee. I’m re-adapting my game to work for my physical limitations, and I think I’m going to end up playing top more often than bottom now. A complete 180 of my game. I like it.
And I fell in love. With a judoka. We met at an open mat for BJJ, went on a date a week later, and the rest is history. Things have been going really well, and I like that I have someone in my life that understands my view on training and won’t complain when I go to the gym (more often than not, he’ll be at the gym too). And it’s nice to have him as a training partner too. And he just gets me. There’s no fear of being judged with him. It’s amazing.
So yeah! Great summer!
I’ll be posting lots of photos of my trip to Italy and France on Instagram under the hashtags #scxNice #scxCinqueTerre #scxFlorence #scxFirenze #scxRome #scxRoma #scxNaples #scxNapoli #scxVenice #scxVenezia #scxMilan #scxMilano #scxEurope
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