Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Creature of Habit

This year, I'm going to a LOT of seminars, and I'm taking Kobudo once a month, too.

Thus far, in January, I attended one seminar (MAPA 4), one unit of PAC, and one Kobudo class.

Next week is Kobudo (and another seminar with Dr. Hume), and in just few weeks after that, I attend IMAF Winter Camp in Houston.

Once thing I've realized thus far: as much as I enjoy these seminars and the Kobudo class, I really miss my normal day-in, day-out training routine.

One unadvertised benefit of seminars: free hugs from strangers!

I am one of those people who like to think ahead, to anticipate what's coming next, so I can be prepared to cope with it.  This is being "future oriented", as opposed to "now" oriented or "past" oriented.  I wrote a bit about this here, noting the downside of suffering insomnia as a result.

I also prefer having a set routine of daily living.  This helps the future-oriented mind, as I only have to pay a lot of attention to things that are out of the ordinary process of living.  It gives me less to anticipate, so it helps calm the brain a bit.

I know it's a little weird, because Arnis in its purest form is not very routine at all. At the skill level I am at in Arnis, this anticipation is something I am working on developing, and I need to learn to deal with chaotic situations in martial applications. 

But man, I am such a creature of habit in my daily life.

My weekends have, for the most part, been far removed from my normal routine.  As a result, I'm having having more insomnia on non-training days.  I get to sleep ok, but I wake up a lot during the night, as my brain switches on and decides to think about the trip to Houston next month or how much we are going to do for Datu Dieter Kn├╝ttel's two-day camp we're hosting at the end of June.

My brain thinks it is critically important to think about a
social media plan for an event five months away at 3:30 am.

I've also been struggling with writing, so I apologize if new content hasn't been up to the standards I want to keep here.

While I am definitely having fun and learning new things in these seminars, I am looking forward to getting past early March, as the regular routine will hold until early May.  Maybe I can get some solid solid sleep, and maybe I can get past my writer's block.,,

Do you prefer routine?  What are some of the ways you cope with disruption (even for a great reason)?  I'd love to know!