Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Living the (Martial Arts) Life

Taking up the study of the martial arts completely changed my life in a number of important and dramatic ways.

At least I did when I started acquiring bruises for fun.

I've written how it's helped me with my insomnia. I've also written how it's become something that Mr. Chick and I do together (and I believe it's important in marriages to have hobbies that the couple does together).  I started all this in the first place in a quest to get off my butt and stop a quickly approaching sucky old age (instead, I want to have a quickly approaching AWESOME old age).

I credit studying martial arts with saving my life, really - it changed me so dramatically that I am far healthier and happier than I was going to be if things hadn't changed.

It's a rare day where I am not doing something martial arts related - going to class, teaching a class, practicing, reading about it, watching video, or even writing about the martial arts here on this blog.  I do have a regular job - one I enjoy - but I don't spend a lot of time outside of work thinking about it (and I definitely don't write a blog about it).

Over time, the martial arts has come to dominate almost everything about me.

My family life is somewhat dominated by the martial arts.  All four of us - me, Mr. Chick, Older Daughter, and Younger Daughter - do something.  In fact, Older Daughter and I are getting ready to join a new class together, just for fun and growth.
 
The family that slays together, stays together.

I don't drink like I used to, nor do I go out much.  Not that I'm opposed to it, mind you, I'm just so... busy.  I don't have time to do that stuff.

My social circle has become more and more martial arts oriented.  And usually, we're doing martial arts things when we get together.

I plan and prioritize my time based upon what I'm planning to do in the martial arts - and I have to plan months ahead, to accommodate seminars and camps I know are coming up.  Yes, this includes plans around holidays and vacations, and how I'll use what vacation time I have available to me.

85% of photographs of me taken in the last five years are me doing something martial arts related (if you're curious, 13% are non-martial arts family-related, 1.5% are Kansas City Chiefs related, and .5% are "other").

I am more than one kind of Chick, y'all.

Our future plans - where we're going to move, what we want to do in the future work-wise, where we want to live, what we want to do in retirement - is completely dominated by our martial arts goals.

Our budget includes line items for training costs and martial arts equipment purchases.

I came to it late, but I live a martial arts life.

I wouldn't have it any other way.

Tell me about how your participation in the martial arts affects how you live.  Are you a healthier person?  Do you wish you were more balanced in your life?  Let me know in the comments!