Re: Am i missing something??
I 've been reading your post quite a while now, so I wonder, why you're really taking the break.
I had a break of nearly ten years and I had good reasons for all the time - I thought.
Yes I felt missing something during this time, but how much I missed it, I only realised, when I came back to practice, although I never felt not being an aikidoka.
Now I am active again, at least twice a week and everything is fine. Yes I missed some grading, my health/fitness could have been better and my weight a little bit lower, but whatever I missed all over the time is back.
Just my 2 cts.