I was reading on another board where an aikidoka stated that long term commitment to aikido is hard.
I would describe it as interesting...maybe challenging...but hard?
For me that provides a slightly negative connatation.
Aikido requires patience and humilty and courage. It seems like a wild adventure without ever having to go look for it. People travel to mountain tops to find what I have found in Aikido....
I think hard is a relative term, much like a glass being half full vs. half empty. For me, there are parts of Aikido that come natural due to a predisposition toward hierarchy and discipline. Then there are the not so easy parts; where your stated humility and patience come in. The parts where you learn basics all over again, like how to stand and how to move.