Rediscovering the Fullness of Life with Aikido
I have always considered many spiritual and philosophical doctrines on enjoying life to be commercialised products destined to influence consumer spending by huge corporations and cunning intellectuals. This notion has always been perpetuated by the endless stream of teachings and advice propagated by mainstream media regarding ways of improving oneself and one’s life. However, several years ago I was introduced to an unexpected form of practice that changed my life and altered my entire perception regarding activities that can enhance joy in a person’s life. I am talking about a Japanese type of martial arts known as aikido. I had been going through a depressing period after losing my job, house, and a very beautiful girlfriend, whom I had engaged and was planning to marry. Following these catastrophic developments, I sank into one of the most depressing periods in my life. I have always regarded myself to be a survivor and having conquered tough situations in the past, I thought I could get past this period. However, these occurrences took a very tough hit on me and my wellbeing. That is when I met a total stranger in a bar and noticing my sorrowful state we struck up a conversation. He was a very good listener and he told me that he could help me out. After contacting him later, he introduced me to aikido and I got control of my life back.
Turning a Shattered Future Around by Embracing Aikido
My problems started after the Great Recession of 2008. I had been living the life of my dreams before the financial world came crashing and I crashed with it. I had secured a job in my dream career as a landscaper in a small but prestigious company. I had my own place and I had been in a constant relationship with a wonderful and beautiful girlfriend. I had proposed to my girlfriend several months before the financial crisis. However, everything turned around and my future was shattered after the financial crisis. It started with the bad news that the company was shutting down because there were no real estate jobs on the market following the property cash. After losing my job, I was thrown out of my apartment after the mortgaging bank fell. All this while, my girlfriend stood by me and comforted me. However, after several months of unsuccessful job searching, my girlfriend drove the last nail into my coffin. She dumped me and left the country to seek greener pastures abroad. This was the end; I did not have a home or a job and no one to lean on. I was given shelter by some friends but I started drinking heavily and sinking into depression. I met Sam in a bar and he talked me into joining aikido.
At Last Aikido Helped me Live a Purposeful Life
I started attending aikido classes with little hope of gaining anything useful from the martial arts practice. However, we started learning other aspects of aikido that I did not know existed in martial arts. We were taught spirituality and philosophical doctrines and how to embrace situations and hope for the best. Our aikido teacher taught us to hope and embrace the fullness of life and believe in the betterment of current life situations. After attending the sessions for two months, I changed my negative perspective on life. I became vibrant and positive and started searching for a job aggressively. The training made me to become more self confident and to believe in the best always. I secured a job after sometime and I settled down to rebuild my future in a bid to enjoy the fullness of life as prescribed by aikido. I have gained a solid foothold in life and I am now in a secure financial position. I am also involved in a serious relationship. Aikido transformed my life and rejuvenated my faltering hope.