OK, so I have been FORCING myself to watch the entire series of Desperate Housewives. I can’t honestly tell you why other than to say that I am very goal driven and by God when I start something, I finish it. I have suffered through murders, miscarriages, plane crashes, suicide attempts – all the gold standard events for a soap opera. And last night I caught an episode where the ladies decide to take a self-defense class.
Ok, first can we agree that this may possibly be the worst format for a self-defense class ever? The instructor makes like 30 seconds of intro and then tells the students to choke each other from behind while he just walks around watching. Huh?
But the real thing that caught my attention on this episode was a quote from Susan “may be the worst mother/most annoying TV character ever” Mayer-Delfino’s daughter Julie. In this episode, she is dealing with the emotions brought on by a recent attack in which a masked stranger attempted to strangle her. As the women of Wisteria Lane determine that they are going to take a self-defense class, Julie says something along the lines of “I was taking out the trash when someone came out of no where and choked me from behind. If someone wants to get you, they are going to get you. No matter what you do.”
I had to think about this a lot because in a way, she is right. There are some situations where fighting back isn’t possible. And we may never know exactly what percentage of attacks can be thwarted by self-protection and what percentage can’t.
But here’s the thing: Couldn’t we use that rationale for anything? What about all the thousands of people who get CPR and first aid training each day? Couldn’t we just say “well, if someone is going to die, they are going to die so why bother”? Couldn’t we say that for ANY medical intervention? Of course not. Because we KNOW that those things save people’s lives. We see and hear about it everyday. We don’t hear about success stories in self-protection nearly as often, but they are out there. At Girls Fight Back, we strive to share and celebrate those successes every time we hear about them. If you see a story in the media or have a personal story you’d like to share, we’d love for you to e-mail us or share in the comments below.
In reality, I may never use the countless hours of training I’ve gone through. If I’m lucky, I’ll never have to really physically defend myself. But going through self-defense training is so much more for me than just knowing how to kick someone’s butt if needed. It’s about carrying myself with confidence. It’s about sleeping easier at night. It’s about being my own badass so that I never have to rely on someone else to take care of me. And it’s about never giving up hope because if something terrible were to happen to me, I would do everything in my power and might to protect myself and the people I love.
I close with my Personal Safety Tip of the Day: don’t live on Wisteria Lane. That neighborhood has a disproportionately high amount of violent crime. Like whoa.