So in a few days it’s the day that lovers (or hopeful lovers) will be
attempting to displaying their affection towards one another with various gifts – bought, sold, and/or self made.
One of my male co workers said a few days ago there’s a big difference between how women and men treat the day. His statement read something along the lines of “Women get all bunched up and teary-eyed for the holiday if they don’t find a romantic partner while the men don’t care if they don’t have one.” Amen.
The 14th has always been one of two things for me: nonexistent or bittersweet, usually the former. So for most of the time I mainly shelve my experiences as…well experiences and hope that the experiences themselves would help me avoid any pitfalls.
Which brings me back to my current “love”; martial arts. I’ve decided to dedicate this post to my goal of actualizing my athleticism – even though I don’t have the money to pursue that passion on a regular basis.
This is dedicated to my love of martial arts in particular – which I plan to pursue in the years leading of my passing. I can not imagine anything else I won’t be doing till the day I die.
And lastly to Aikido. Aw man, these days I can feel my skill take a nose dive due to my absence from the mat. But as the “woman” in my life, I give credit when credit’s due. For the foreseeable future, I will not depart Aikido, nor will the holistic values of the art leave me and my maturing self.
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On a side note, I wanted to ask all of the male martial artists out there: How have the women in your life dealt with your passion in the art(s)? Historically I was surrounded my women who were easily frightened and put off by anything martial (martial arts, the military, etc.), so their reception of any one of their male relatives/acquaintances practicing anything martial was seen as “odd” or “overly dangerous”. Whatever
Now that I’m a little older, I’ve come to realize that most women are either a.) ambivalent b.) understandably ignorant and/or c.) overwhelmed by the energy of a male martial artist. Maybe I’ve been dating the wrong women, but I always keep my martial adventures secret to my dates – at least in the initial stages of courtship *wink*. This is to prevent any miscommunication – maybe I’m just can be an aggressive guy in general. Anyway, am I being paranoid much or do I need to switch to different women?
Till next time!