I’m writing this at 10:30pm, which is very strange. Throughout February, I’ve written every blog post in the morning. I made it my goal, my mission: I would write as much as I could as early as I could, just to check that off my to-do list. It has worked wonderfully, and it gives me a huge sense of both satisfaction and relief. Satisfaction, because it’s adding to my writing streak, and relief, because this task won’t hang over my head like the sword of Damocles the longer the day goes on.
This is the literal Sword of Damocles.
Depending on the day I start writing around 8:00am, sometimes earlier, sometimes later. I’m almost always done by 10:00am, 11:00am at the absolute latest, and it gives me the rest of my day to do whatever I want. I also do all my workouts in the morning, so by noon I have accomplished two major things already. I work evenings, so this is important. It’s been a great system … until today. Continue reading →
I didn’t know this was part of my job description. I teach martial arts. You would expect that to mean, among other things, teaching. This I largely do. There’s also a large amount of cleaning, as a workout facility that brings in nearly 100 students a day can get dirty rather quick. In general, if I’m not teaching I’m cleaning, and if I’m not cleaning I’m teaching.
There’s also a few minor details, such as mentoring, answering parents’ questions, setting things up, lots of little things. I’ve done this most of my life, and most of it is instinctual at this point. Today, though, I did something completely new, something I’ve never done before.
I cleaned up a malfunctioning toilet.
It wasn’t this, but this image flashed in my mind more than once. Well, maybe not this exact image, but similar. More graphic. Much more graphic.
I have a pretty cool job. I teach martial arts and fitness classes. Basically, I get to play all day. I punch and kick and run and jump and just have fun. It’s pure movement, and it’s a blast. I’d wager most of my students really enjoy martial arts, and they like having just as much fun as I do. It’s great. I spend about 20% of my working day playing or supervising various martial arts themed ‘games’, little fun activities that increase skill.
It’s like martial arts videogames, but in real life!
I can’t think of too many negative aspects to my line of work. I suppose the hours are somewhat erratic at times, some children can be problematic and question authority, but on the whole it’s a good gig. Few things are more rewarding than teaching. That said, even caviar every day can become boring. Sometimes you need a break. Continue reading →
They say you don’t truly appreciate something until it is gone. When it comes to my ankle injury it’s 100% true. I spent one whole week completely resting, not completely by choice. I couldn’t walk for three days, and even then it was quite painful. I could do nothing but sit and wait to heal. Necessary, but not the most fun thing in the world.
This got old after the first day, nevermind the whole week.
To be completely honest, I felt mentally and emotionally terrible, far worse than I felt physically. If I kept my foot iced and elevated it didn’t even hurt. Moving hurt, but that was easily solved by not moving. By the fifth day even the pain wasn’t that bad. I no longer needed my pain medication. I could deal with it. The mental side, though, was much harder. Continue reading →
It’s just past Labour Day and that means school is back in session, and already the excuses are flying. School gives you an amazing excuse, one you can use just about anywhere. “I can’t do X because I have school or a test or a paper or a seminar.” Nobody will argue with you about that. Everybody agrees that school is important, but we need to make sure we don’t overvalue that importance. School is not the only thing or even the most important thing in life.
In retrospect, it’s not even close, but that’s hindsight for you.
There is a tendency, especially in recent years, to sacrifice absolutely everything for our schooling. People are willing to go into extreme debt just for a chance to go to college or university. Students will move away, sometimes across the country, effectively sacrificing friends and family in the hopes of a higher education. During exam season health and fitness often take a backseat to study prep and essays. We value education to the point it supersedes our own selves. Students willingly give up sleep for days at a time so they can write the perfect essay and get that all-important A+.
I don’t think that’s right, or at least not fully right. I should know, because I lived it. Continue reading →