I was talking to one of the my club's shodans (and also a workmate) about aikido this morning. He then brought up this question...
Why do we do aikido?
Do we do it to get fit? Why not go to the gym.
Do we do it for peace of mind and calmness?
Then why not do meditation classes?
Do we do it to become better at defending ourselves? Other martial arts can do the same in a shorter time.
There is no short answer here, that's not what I want.
What the shodan and I decided was that it is most likely a combination of the above and most of all because it is FUN!