For the past seven days I have fought against a virus of some kind. It kept me out of the office, out of the gym, and out of my krav maga academy. It held me prisoner in my own apartment. That is how I felt, at least until today. I still haven’t fully recovered or gone to any of the sacred places I listed above. However, I went out to lunch with family and friends, performed a few sets of pushups and pullups (on my door frame), and am writing this post!
During this week, which seemed to last an eternity, I had plenty of time to sit and think. Something I consider invaluable when healthy (and busy). All I did was nap and watch Breaking Bad (until I finished it; then more naps, of course). I was not angry or miserable, though a bit frustrated at first. Just mentally clouded and physically exhausted. I believe in fate and accept my current circumstances. These things happen, and I am thankful it happened during a relatively uneventful week.
And now that I am on the way back up, I am super-excited to get going: creating solutions at work, hitting PR’s (personal records) in the gym, improving my krav skills, etc. I am going to crush it like never before.Seriously. Better than ever. Why? Being sick and abstaining from my regular activities showed me how awesome everything I get to do everyday really is. It was eye-opening. I will appreciate these things that I have taken for granted.
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While getting sick, I re-discovered the stoic philosophy. I highly recommend this stoicism philosophy video to everyone who enjoys my blog.
So, ala Stoicism, I accept that this sickness could kill me, or make me permanently deaf or some other such horrible outcome. I accept it and will do all I can to fight it, but will not despair to see that my fighting is not fixing the problem. And will be happy as hell for every positive step.
Accepting that, I was no longer miserable. Every morning that I woke up and found that it had not killed me, I was happy.
I've been sick as well.. with a fever and then a bad sore throat.
Couldn't agree more.... I'm quite excited to be back in the gym again.. I've also recommitted to making
my diet even healthier (replacing brown rice with more veggies and legumes).
Though I've gotta say.. all the napping gets to you after a while.
Two days ago I posted, "Which martial art to study?" - a reader asked me which I'd recommend. I shared my experience, but also reached out to the crowd here since I know we've got some martial artists who stop by.
Some fantastic replies.
I would tend to agree with Sebastian, it depends more on the teacher and your connection with him or her than the actual art, though some arts will be easier than others to master (depending on your body type).
There are only a few things I would add. First, Systema is not only an amazing fighting art, but actually can teach you how to be calmer. There are no forms or formal meditation or exercises, but the way it is taught and its focus on introspection achieves a lot of the same things. I have many years of kung fu and meditation experience and can tell you that it can give you amazing access to these spaces in a very short amount of time.
Have you heard of David So?
If not, he's a YouTube comedian and musician. I watch him a lot. I find him really hilarious. Go watch him!!
But, viewer discretion is advised. Seriously.
Anyway, this year David began a series called "Funny, Fat, Fit" or "FFF" for short. He has made the resolution to exercise more and eat healthier, and in order to keep him accountable, he posts videos every week talking about his progress and other related topics.
Here is the first video: