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Old 07-08-2010, 09:44 AM   #51
Keith Larman
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Re: Aikido: Your purpose in life ?

Well, I wonder if our erstwhile OP is still practicing Aikido. The OP stopped posting here 2 months after this thread was started 5 years ago.

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Old 07-08-2010, 10:38 AM   #52
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Re: Aikido: Your purpose in life ?

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Well, I wonder if our erstwhile OP is still practicing Aikido. The OP stopped posting here 2 months after this thread was started 5 years ago.
Isn't it funny how the ones who are the most gushingly enthusiastic at first are so often the ones who aren't training a year later?

Actually, no, it's not funny...but it does suggest to me that it's best not to make grand declarations of one's commitment to aikido/aikido's central place in one's life, at least not when you're a newbie. Walk the walk for a long long while, then talk the talk if you want.
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Old 07-08-2010, 12:04 PM   #53
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Isn't it funny how the ones who are the most gushingly enthusiastic at first are so often the ones who aren't training a year later?
Yup. Almost without exception. But that sort of behavior is pretty much universal in any area. Lord knows I see it in people who discover Japanese swords crafts. Most get excited, they dabble, they ask a million questions and get insulted if no one takes them absolutely seriously. But soon they find out that it is years of hard work to get anywhere productive and, well, many of those people are soon distracted by another shiny object and move on. Being excited and interested up front doesn't necessarily translate into a long term investment of sweat.

But who knows... Maybe the OP is still working hard as an Uchideshi somewhere.

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