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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

For all that I think about motivation and living the life I want to (and I mean more than just eating right and exercising) I never really think about who has inspired me. I tend to spend more time thinking about who I don’t want to end up like. So this week I have been thinking about who inspires me since it was a challenge for my BSG. I have come up with a few people…for different reasons.
1) A gentleman in my Aikido class who is a senior citizen and a blackbelt. He started martial arts at an older age and has knee problems. He has had his own personal struggles physically with martial arts but he pushes through them all. He rarely if at all, modifies anything. He approaches each class with joy and enthusiasm. He takes the time to help and mentor anyone who wants to needs it and he celebrates every triumph. I truly wish that I could push through my own issues the way he does and that I could approach everything with such joy. I need to learn to celebrate every step forward no matter how small and build on these triumphs.
2) One of my former boyfriends is an inspiration to me. He risked everything to follow a dream. He truly wanted to be involved in video game programming and the best school for learning to do so was literally across the country. He applied, was accepted, and went. He picked up his entire life, leaving family and friends, and endured some very difficult years to earn his degree. As difficult as things were for him he kept pushing through it because he had a dream and a goal. He has completed the degree and once again picked up his life and moved to yet another state to pursue a job in his chosen field and specialty. I wish that I could keep focused on my larger goals and not give up. I tend to compromise or find an alternate when things get difficult, he did not do so. His determination and persistence are incredibly inspirational and commendable.
3) The third is another blackbelt from my Aikido class. This one is woman. She’s been studying longer than I have been alive. She pushed through when things were very difficult for women in martial arts here (they’re still not easy) and proved herself. She proved that she could succeed against the odds. I think that it was an incredibly commendable thing to do. I would like to be able to prove to others that I can do whatever I set my mind to, no matter my gender, age etc, I want to “win” against the odds, and prove to myself that I can do it.
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