Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Survival and Self-Defense
And yes, I say good morning because this picture was taken at the airport on my return trip from North Carolina early Friday morning. When I say early, I mean this Cali girl left on an adventure to the airport at 7am, east coast time. ((I am hardly a morning person on Cali time......add in 3 hours ahead and I'm a wreck. I was the biggest insomniac when I went to school in Ohio and for the first year of me being home)).
Anyway, back to the issue at hand. ADVENTURES and, I suppose, their dangers. Who doesn't love an adventure? I swear there's a story here that's more than just having fun. It's going to be full of confidence and is the perfect example of what a WQ can do...and that is: To Survive On Her Own.
Bear with me for this story, I'll emphasize the important parts.
I'm from LA, but not downtown. Alright, I spent my formidable years in the OC bubble and have always been very protected. When I moved to Columbus my eyes were opened to something I knew of, but had never experienced. Big city. What I mean is violence, poverty, and homeless people. Columbus is the capitol of Ohio so it had some issues that made the city dangerous. Mostly dangerous at night. Through awareness I survived though, and that was something I remembered on my NC trip.
Leaving Greensboro, I had to take the train to Durham, walk a quarter mile to the bus station, and take two buses to the airport. Simple enough, right? But kind of scary when you think of all of the strangers out there (and when you suffer from an anxiety disorder).
Walking on my way, I knew that I would be okay though. Not because I lived in Columbus for two years. Not because I'm from LA. But because I was walking with a purpose. I was determined, and determined people are rarely approached by people looking for something shady.
I took a few of the tips from "The Top Ten Things Every Woman Should Know About Personal Safety:"
1. Awareness: Your first line of defence. Most people think of kicks to the groin and blocking punches when they hear the term “self-defence.” However, true self-defence begins long before any actual physical contact. The first, and probably most important, component in self-defence is awareness: awareness of yourself, your surroundings, and your potential attacker’s likely strategies.
I want you to know that you can have the confidence to walk in MOST places and that you should feel secure in yourself. Always, if you feel scared, ask an employee (security, or 911) to escort you. They would rather you be safe, than have to deal with the aftermath of something awful.