Sunday, June 23, 2019

Power, Love & Sex: A Man's Story

Tomorrow is very special day, one that changed my life really, so many moons ago, 19 years in fact. It was most certainly a different time indeed, a world of difference compared to now in the sense of where I live, where my life has gone, and where it is headed. 

In the year 1999, Karate, or more specifically TaeKwonDo, became my life when I joined my first school in Thomasville, North Carolina. For the first time, I felt like I had purpose, and to be frank, I was damn good at it. I had loads of natural talent; I was simply a good fighter, and still am. The skill and abilities have never left me. I would never fail a belt testing, and I would win several medals and trophies throughout my years at the school, but one tournament has always stuck out for me more than any others from my young teenage life, and that was the State Games of North Carolina Karate Open that took place on June 24th, 2000 when I was a blue belt. I was 15 years old and ready to kick ass that day, and I did, taking home the gold in both forms and sparring. For the rest of my life, I would always have the honor of carrying a NC State Champion title with me.

There was a time when I thought my career would be that of a professional martial artist, maybe even an actor of that sort, although they do seem to eventually fade away in the background over time. The glory days of people like Jackie Chan and Jean Claude are long gone, and comparatively, they didn't really last that long. But of course, I was someone who always thought he would be the exception to things. I always believed that I could overcome obstacles that other people couldn't. Being a martial artist made me believe that I could do anything. The feeling of power and victory was an addiction, sometimes in a bad way, but mostly in a good. In any case, it was my yearning.

In fact, it was so much of a desire, that it was all I cared about, and my grades suffered for it, which I would pay for later in life. As a Scorpio, we can have a real problem with moderation. We love pleasureful things in life. Women also love strong men, and believe me, I have eaten it up ever since my early days, and I don't regret it one bit. I don't regret the pleasure and intimacy that I have shared with so many different people. It was wonderful. I only wish that I would have done more things with my own life and worked a little harder at stuff in the process. Because the fact of that matter is that, in many ways today, I am not where I thought I would be. Yes, I have enjoyed many victories, but rest assured, a martial artist also knows the agony of defeat. Yet, make no mistake, that thirst for success still burns within me. It will take a lot more than this life to put Chris Aldridge on the ground for good.

So in many ways, my life's story has been one of power, love and sex. But really, isn't every man's story?

In the Goodness of the Gods,
Chris Aldridge.