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15 November 2008 @ 01:32 pm
Aiming for the mark~☆ミ  
Last night I tried Kyuudo for the first time.

It was really, really hard!! I've done a little bit of archery in school before, and I've always really loved it, and I really, really want to try new things. So I took one of the local classes on Japanese archery!

Little did I know that kyuudo is all about the form. Style over substance. Emotion and central thought is paramount. It's about your chi <3 I loved it! Though honestly, my arms are hurting so badly. ^^;;

Lately, I've been all about finding myself and trying new things. I seem to let the people around me influence who I am and what I'm into, and I suppose that it's normal in a way. But who am I really? I want to find myself~~ want to find the real me. <3

This test really struck a chord within me: http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/TypeSeven.asp
I've never taken any kind of personality test that described who I was with such eerie accuracy. I'd always thought that I was the only one who was this way, not that there were enough people to make up an entire group.

Sevens cope with the loss of Essential guidance by using the “trial and error” method: they try everything to make sure they know what is best. On a very deep level, Sevens do not feel that they can find what they really want in life. They therefore tend to try everything—and ultimately may even resort to anything as a substitute for what they are really looking for. (“If I can’t have what will really satisfy me, I’ll enjoy myself anyway. I’ll have all kinds of experiences—that way I will not feel bad about not getting what I really want.”)

That is so me.. And you know, in a way I've wondered in my heart for a long time whether or not I'll really be able to be truly satisfied. I find happiness in nearly everything that I do, but soul-deep pervasive happiness..? Is the potential there? And being happy with someone.. is there really a partner out there who I could be happy with forever? Such a complicated question..

I want to find a balance between my creative, fun self, and my deep-thinking, pondering self. But where do I start? And hopefully, someday, I can stop caring what people think and just be comfortable in my own skin. It comes with confidence.. I think..
Current Music: Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Chiakichiaki777 on November 15th, 2008 05:04 am (UTC)
Ohhh I want to try Kyudo one day.
dark paradisedrkparadise on November 15th, 2008 05:21 am (UTC)
Kyuudo is an amazing martial art! I hope you stick with it, it's very rewarding~ Helps improve patience, concentration, and a lot more. :D I was in my university's kyuudo club for a year when I was an exchange student & took the shodan exam to receive my black belt.
Saeri: demand euphoriaskippytoad on November 15th, 2008 08:27 am (UTC)
I am a big fan of the Enneagram. It's a very old personality typing system, actually. Oh, and I'm also a seven! (with an eight wing, I think) And I also know other sevens who have found matches for them and who have been happy with their spouses for many years. So don't give up hope!
Koramaykoramay on November 15th, 2008 10:08 am (UTC)
I love kyudo! I did it for a while, but sadly I had to give it up because the dojo was too far away from me and it was hard to get there. But I really want to do it again one day. I hope you continue to enjoy it!
mei_sanmei_san on November 15th, 2008 10:33 am (UTC)
wooo kyuudo! but basically it should be the same right? shooting arrows, no?

i find asian martial arts in general emphasizes on the form and the philosophy behind it rather than for its utility...but it is true that in this modern world, one may need the "spirit" of martial arts more than the technique. indeed.

and I'm a no. 4. Should I be worried now?
amaiamai on November 15th, 2008 10:56 am (UTC)
Ah~ The relentless search of a Seven! So says another Seven. :) I like the Enneagram but I personally like Myers-Briggs more because it is more narrow and specific.

Kyuudo sounds really cool! Are you going to do it again?
ore-samathesundaywriter on November 15th, 2008 11:20 am (UTC)
Ooh, I just took the test, I waver between Type 2 and 9, but the most accurate personality test I've taken so far is the Myer-Briggs one. I'm INFJ and my result has pretty much stayed the same since highschool XD
Beck the becking Becktardjynnantonnyx28 on November 15th, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I really wanted to try kyudo when I lived in Japan but couldn't find any clubs - I musn't have been looking hard enough :P
Soniaaoi_honoo on November 15th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Kyuudo sounds amazing. *___* I love archery -- I hope I can try it when I go to college next year.

James Pickenstolarin on November 16th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
I really want to try out Kyuudo. I've always wanted to try archery of some sort and I find it a whole lot more interesting then Kendo, in all honesty.