I love living an active lifestyle. “Active” meaning a balance between hobbies, sports, friends…and I guess work can blend into the mix as well. 😉 One thing I do pride myself in doing is successfully balancing these activities. Ahhh, I call this the song of life.
I make a concious effort everyday to improve myself in one way or another.
The baseline of my day:
- Do a good deed(s)
- Talk to friends & show I care
- Talk to family & show I care
- Work hard
From that list, I started off with one thing at a time, but now its second nature.
Aside from that I actively:
- Play Basketball
- Martial Arts
I do these activities not to show off or 1up, but as a different way to express myself. Let me further explain.
I drum for creativity. Band was one of the first things I committed to, it was a huge part of my life at one point. Marching Band and Drumline…ohhh I was such a prideful band geek ❤ Now I’m expanding my horizon to drumSET. Its tough so far, but its very rewarding once you get a beat down that you’ve been working on for hours!
Back in the day, I hated basketball. I couldn’t really play. My shot, was horrific, and I looked pretty ridiculous handling a ball. This was true until one of my best friends introduced me to competitive basketball in college. Suddenly, with a little (a lot of) guidance I wasn’t all too bad. Its a passion that slowly grew on me, and now is a big part of my life. I’m determined to beat her – one day 😉
Gaming was one of my first “loves” lol. In a weird way it unites people for a common cause: INNER NERD PRIDE!
These improve my physical strength. Makes me faster, and stronger. Another important thing to pushing myself to the limits.
A little background, I was a HUGE tomboy. When I was around 5, I watched Bruce Lee’s Fist of Fury. I loved every bit of it. As I grew older, I felt like I wanted to learn more and more. However my parents were completely against a little girl learning martial arts. I yearned to learn sooo bad, and finally convinced them to pay for lessons (yeah sucks when you’re young everything depended on what your parents wanted you to learn). I fell in love. I knew I wanted to go all the way with this discipline. After a year and a half of training, I ranked up to green stripe in Taekwondo…and my parents suddenly made me stop. My heart was broken. This started my angry stage…but more on that another time. I finally started up again in college (more on that another time as well) and was back in my element! I learned more than I ever could imagine. Martial arts is a way I practice discipline on many planes at once. Mental, physical, and spiritual. When I practice a kata, I focus on being the best I can be. I zone out the world, and focus on each individual movement.
These are things I’m not particularly known to be “good” at but I do enjoy. I’m a little more self conscious with these arts. Most of the time when I’m not in the dancing mood its because I feel that others are giving a judging eye. I don’t wanna take that BS. I’m a firm believer that amazing dancers aren’t great because of their technique, its because they have love and passion for the art. I like to learn, and at this stage in life the majority of people look down on “learning”. I feel that life is a series of experiences, and if you aren’t learning, then you aren’t growing.
I don’t dance for people, but for myself. But I dance when I’m comfortable enough with the those around me to just be myself. I don’t focus on form, I just have a good time. I think that’s what expressing yourself is about.
What drives you?