I was born and raised in Japan. From a young age, consciously and unconsciously, I realized the expectations were pretty different and was treated differently from boys in the society, school, family, friends and everywhere. However, once I left my hometown to Osaka, I decided to seek my own freedoms.
At age 21, I saved all the money could have, and left for a backpacking trip without many plans. I traveled 3 continents poorly but freely for about 4 months, mostly alone and hardly spoke English. I found in myself much more abilities than other people told me, so no need to listen when someone says what I can or can't do. I also found I can survive many situations with having fun. I felt free and myself.
Then I decided to commit to move somewhere exciting to be part of the world, not only visit and see a bit for a few days. At the age of 23, I accidentally landed in NYC all by myself, and since then it's been challenging but I love being a part of it.
I experienced marriage and having a baby etc. always wanting to try new things, however, I found myself doing what I'm supposed to do over being who I am again. I was shocked that I allowed myself to lose who I am. Shocked how easy and tricky to do so while just taking care of others. The messages are everywhere, universally and in everyone's mind. The impact is strong and powerful. I hope the future is different for the kids, and I'm trying to send different messages to my son. So, I learned it the hard way, and got back who I am and feel free again now. I've become who I want to and live my life how I want to. It's my choice.
I found boxing is extremely interesting and useful for myself, and can see the same for young age kids to learn how to be truly who they are. I want to keep seeking and participating, but right now, most importantly I love doing it. This is my freedom to choose boxing as a grown woman and I want to share this journey with my son and kids. Now or never, I love the challenges and enjoy going after what I want to get it!