Besides martial arts, another great love of mine is music. It’s always been a big part of my life, one of my fondest childhood memories is of listening to my dad play guitar and sing. As a teenager I dreamed of starting my own band (we were going to call ourselves Free Beer), and I tried to learn to play the guitar. That didn’t work out, but I did learn to play the drums at a basic level. It’s a better fit for me anyway, because I really like to bash things!
I love almost all genres of music (except maybe polka). I’ve never felt the need to try to confine myself to one musical box like a lot of people do. I don’t see anything wrong with liking rap and some country. Basically if a song moves me, or makes me feel something, I like it. Music is a constant source of inspiration. It’s memories and dreams, hopes and fears. Everything reminds me of a song.
I enjoy listening to the people who play for dollars at coffee shops, because to me they represent what true love of music is all about. They aren’t doing it for fame or money, but just because they love to play, and want to share their music. They’re not always the most talented musicians, or the best singers, but they make up for it with passion and dedication.
It’s the same for me in my martial arts training. I’m never going to be a world-class athlete, or a champion at anything. I’m never going to be a cage fighter (although that’s my biggest dream). There’s really no reason for me to dedicate myself to training, except that it’s something I truly love. I might sing off key, but that’s not going to stop me from belting out my own tune just for the sheer joy of it.