My mother is one of those people who never stops learning, who never stops caring about self-improvement, and who always wants to share something she learned so that you can be a better you (healthier or happier).
Many years ago, when I was still in high school and living at home, my mother discovered Qi Gong. She espoused how amazing it was and how much it helped improve her health. She also wanted me to meditate or do Tai Chi, okay, she wanted me to pretty much do anything at all to work on strengthening my health. Being young and fairly healthy, I sort of agreed with her but never felt a super strong desire to do it. I took a class or two, sometimes I halfheartedly copied some movements from her and then would just nod off to sleep. My motivation level was low and therefore my attempts to do this ‘stuff’ was not the best.
Well, decades later, last year, when my blood tests came back with some results that made me realize, wait a minute, I’m not getting any younger and my body is not happy with me, I knew that it was time to start being more serious about focusing on my health. I’m not 25 anymore and I can’t just eat whatever I want, sleep how little I want, or be sedentary without pretty bad repercussions.
A few years ago I did start up Kung Fu, which I still love, but am having problems staying motivated to keep learning… it helped with my health a lot, but it can’t help if I’m not doing it! Yes, I took another hiatus, and that’s a story for another time. But this time, I decided to start up Qi Gong and Gentle Kung Fu. I know I can do this. I love the flow of movement in these two art forms and I love how I feel after I’ve done it. Loving this and have incorporated this into my daily routine by getting up earlier by an hour each day.
Mom: after decades of you telling me to do this… I’m finally doing this!