Total beginner nervous to try martial arts?

Im 30 and athletic who played sports a lot in HS. Ive never done any type of martial arts and would like to learn because its something new and in case i would ever have to defend myself against a crazy person. A friend of mine was brutally beat up and robbed. I want to defend my girlfriend and family. I also feel... show more Im 30 and athletic who played sports a lot in HS. Ive never done any type of martial arts and would like to learn because its something new and in case i would ever have to defend myself against a crazy person. A friend of mine was brutally beat up and robbed. I want to defend my girlfriend and family. I also feel it will help me mentally. Ive been dealing with depression and anxiety lately and I do not like being a beginner/vulnerable. I would like to learn the basics and maybe meet some interesting folks, but i cant get myself to go. How do I get over this? I hate being the 30 year old white belt. What if there are a bunch of meatheads?
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