I Am Violently Warring For Peace. I Know This Is A Paradox, And Im

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I am violently warring for peace. I know this is a paradox, and I'm
rather proud because it is true. Passivity has been a lifelong threat,
laziness a constant lure in my search for identity. This world begs me to succumb to
existing in the image of someone else, it asks only that I slip silently and
blindly into the niche it provides instead of carving my own. I required a
long time to work up courage to fight for the serenity I had glimpsed in hot
summer woods and in lovingly handled books read late until the early
morning. Doubt had established itself in my mind at some early age, when
or why I do not know, and I could trust any person or group more than
myself. Doubt begat fear, and fear gave birth to obscuring myself from the
eyes of the world while I was a child.

Now, I am dedicated to the fight, after over five years of fear and
immobility. I rejected the easiest way out of life, and demanded truth. I
strengthened my body as I strengthened my mind against the attacks I
faced. When I was fifteen I started Tae Kwon Do, the martial arts class that
was offered through my school. I learned more about blocking, kicking,
and punching in the first two weeks of that class than I had known my
entire life. My once powerless body, petite and thin, could knock the wind
out of someone with a well placed punch, and I could kick people taller
than me in the head. So what I could do, I did, and now my friends
instinctively block when they see me grin mischievously in their direction. I
am content to know I have taught them something useful.

Last spring for the third time in a row, I shakily accepted my
teacher's hand as he congratulated me on second place in women's division
sparring. It was a bittersweet triumph, three times now I have lost to the
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