As a young man I hated my muscular legs because they made it difficult to fit into clothes. It’s funny because now I think they are my best physical asset. A lot about body development is accepting who and what you are and recognizing your own assets.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is around celebrating our individual selves, staying true to myself, relying on myself over others, and being empowered by my independence and self purpose. My advice to obtain this is to recognize and address our issues and seek peace of mind with softness in our hearts.
To me, each martial art is a philosophy: a perspective on life as well as an approach to fighting. They provide different ways of understanding the world and solving problems. I bring them together in my own personal view as seems appropriate for what I am doing at any given time. Ultimately, martial arts is the lens through which I see the world.
What works for me might not work for someone else. A sustainable diet has to be packed full of foods the person actually enjoys eating. I love eggplant. Other people love broccoli. This is often why meal plans don’t work: you’re eating what someone else told you to eat, not what you’ve explored and found that you enjoy.