I watched a video on SoulPancake the other day. It was about a father who wanted to teach his daughter how to defend herself, so he enrolled her in jiu jitsu, as he was a paraplegic and couldn't teach her himself. Or so he thought. Soon after, the instructor and his daughter encouraged him to try it. He fell in love with it and the rest is history. Much like this guy, martial arts came into my life when I was struggling with some bullying in 5th grade. When that bullying went away, other sports took over and a couple years later, chronic illness and other life circumstances led me back to it. I hear the excuse: "I'm too old", "I'm overweight", I have bad *insert body part here*", so often in reference to martial arts, but the common denominator amongst all those people and all excuses is they haven't tried it/they're afraid to try it.
Some times you have to take a leap of faith even if you have no idea where you are going to land and it starts with the decision to try! I would rather try and fail instead of not trying and being left to wonder whether or not I could have done it.
I suppose you could say this is the same mentality that I have with my upcoming 2nd Degree Black Belt test on April 20th. I have surgery on April 5th and I'm not allowed to do any physical activity for a while, which means I don't get to practice in the days leading up to the testing. However, I would rather try to test and no change (not pass), instead of being left to ponder what would have happened if I had tried. In theory, I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
The first step is always the hardest one, but it gets easier over time with more practice! It starts with one three letter word: TRY!