Thursday, 30 April 2015

Dropping The Plates



How many "hats" do you wear in life? How many plates do you spin?

For the majority of us, it's a lot.

Parent
Spouse
Child
Employee
Employer
Cook
Housekeeper
Money Manager
Chauffeur
Nursemaid................

Karateka?

For me, the last one always seems to me the plate that has to be allowed to fall. To keep my sanity I sometimes can't keep all those plates a-spinning.

When something has got to give, it's easy to let the karate training plate fall, for a number of reasons:

- It takes up big chunks of time out of the house at fixed times
- It needs lots of logistically planning to fit it around other people's schedules
- As its something I do for only me it feels selfish to prioritise it
- It requires motivation (harder to come by than hen's teeth I think)
- It requires energy (the first thing to go when the plate spinning gets overwhelming)
- It involves social communication with other people (something I struggle with greatly. I do not find it easy to work and play with others!)
- If I do have "free time" it's easier to fill it with more sedate things. Reading, crafting, watching TV for example

Of course there is a flip side to this. The positive things that I get out of it when I do keep that karate plate spinning:

- the fact that I eat better when I'm exercising
- that despite the lack of energy I have when I'm overwhelmed getting back into training ultimately gives me more energy
- that when I get there I realise I do miss seeing my fellow karateka
- that it provides me with moments of peace away from the hubbub of everything else
- that as far as "me time" goes it is usually time well spent
- that it improves my physical fitness (I work at the top of the building, 6 flights of stairs is a long way when your fitness level is in the toilet!)


The worry is, at least one of the plates have to give. I cannot spin them all. I guess I need to take a close look at which other one can be made still if I'm going to set the karate plate back on its journey again.

TTFN



1 comment:

  1. I agree with the "selfish pursuits priority" - in theory, anyway. I, too, feel guilty when I do things just for me. Well, I use to. Now I realize that if I do not do the things just for me, I am pretty worthless to everyone else.

    Was just thinking about this yesterday: my work schedule kind of keeps me from getting to class on anything resembling a regular basis, but I calculated the money I spend on gym membership (I try to get there at least three days a week) and drum lessons (once a week). That's money that could be used for other things, but I must do them in order for me to sanely function. I appreciate the feeling both give me, so I go - even when I don't feel like lifting weights or getting on anyone's elliptical or the time commitment jacks up my life. And I feel so much better when I do.

    Make time for it. You deserve to do that for yourself.

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