One of the biggest questions that people ask – to themselves, to others, to nobody in particular – is this: what is the meaning of life? Why am I here? Maybe they are looking for an easy answer, or maybe they are wondering if the things they are doing are “worth it”. But the actual truth is both very simple, and quite complex.
Life can be viewed as pointless, unless you create your own meaning within it – and this is dependent on your own philosophy and your own approach to it. Many people get up, go to work, and punch in and out mindlessly, always looking forward to their next days off so they can drink or do nothing or binge on TV and junk food. And all the while, the clock is ticking, their health is declining, and they are getting older and older. The imbalance between working too much, a bad diet, bad habits, and stress takes a terrible toll on our health, and over time, all the small decisions we make can add up to big problems. Drinking, smoking, lack of sleep, frustration…other people will see it in us and subconsciously pick up those negative emotions.
Recognizing these traits is the first step to fixing them, but we must also do something about them in order to overcome them. This is why we encourage our students to set goals for themselves – an endpoint, a place that they can work towards, so they know they are progressing and making good choices for themselves.
Think about a goal like acquiring a black belt, or an orange belt. This requires lots of mental and physical training – though it is nothing impossible, if done in a series of very small steps over a long period of time. The discipline needed to achieve these goals often reverberates back into your regular life, and the strong habits developed here in the kung fu studio can translate into achieving more in your everyday life.
For example, think about the last time you went out to drink with your friends – chances are the bill can get very high, very quickly. Imagine all the money you have ever spent, accumulated over dozens of weekends out at the bar or on 6-packs every Saturday night at home, added up over years. And at the end of it all, what have you achieved? What you have gotten out of it? We can safely say, nothing as healthy or as useful as the discipline you would get from setting proper goals and working toward them in all aspects of your life.
If you chose today to redirect all that money toward getting healthy with kung fu training, you would not only keep more of it in the long run, but you would steer clear of many bad situations, gain improved health and fitness (which can add years to your life, instead of shortening it), and have a series of goals to constantly work toward. It would give you a reason to not drink – when was the last time you saw a black belt get drunk and lose control?
It’s always sad to see some people leave school after grade 12 and simply stop learning, and lose the motivation to strive for more. Years down the road, you won’t feel proud of drinking every weekend, and wasting your potential, but if you work hard towards the goals you’ve set for yourself and systematically achieve them, there will be no stopping you. The best things in life take dedication, commitment and sacrifice – but that’s what makes them worth the journey, because the people who can reach those goals are rare!
For you, it may not be about the money. Plenty of people have high-paying jobs that they will never leave, but they go home completely unfulfilled and feeling lost and unhappy – financially they are successful, but by every other measurement, they are miserable. Taking up proper hobbies and walking the longer, more winding path to your goals is one of the best ways to remedy this. We have many people just like this who come in to our studio, searching for fulfillment and meaning, and when they set their goals and reach them, the difference in their mood and attitude is incredible. They feel they have purpose, they feel they are advancing, and they are moving forward, both physically and mentally. There is something new to look forward to and they are no longer stuck in the same mindless loop.
We have an introductory program for people like this to give kung fu a try, and you’ll know very quickly if our teachings help give you direction. You’ll meet positive people, you’ll get a new outlook, and when you see how much this affects your life, you’re going to love it! We even have a limited-time sale on this right now, so there’s never been a better time to give martial arts a try. You can come take the plunge with something new… or go back to a job you dislike, and Netflix on the couch every night, watching your life slide by and thinking of all the things you could have done someday. The choice is yours to make!
Call Kung Fu for Life today and experience all the positive benefits, both direct and indirect, that our training can offer. From the improvements in your muscles to your mind, in your breathing to your body, in your health to your happiness, you’ll be very glad that you did!