How to find the time? Most people are a lot more busy than me. I work as a night care worker about 25 hours a week, affording me plenty of time with my wife and kids with still enough left over for hobbies. Budo training however has for me surpassed its meaning as a hobby. Without it, I could well have have committed! Still though…often I get very busy and keeping to a regular training schedule can be hectic.
I think it usually comes down of a simple question of priorities. Plenty of people would think nothing of watching television for 3 hours straight, but all the same are far too busy to get to the Dojo. Besides from being busy, the standard conventional lifestyle is exhausting. For most full time working people, the end of Day is when they finally get home. Tired more mentally than physically, and although Budo training could do them a world of good, its just to exhausting to even think about. Just the thought if it, getting packed up, out the door, driving or walking to the Dojo, getting changed only to get thrown or swing a stick around for a couple of hours. Really why bother! What can you possible get out of that? Well that’s a fairly subjective question. I get plenty from the experience and so do many others.
Sometimes my most rewarding training sessions happened when I really felt like I could not be bothered going out the door. Move beyond this and maybe you’ll find a new experience and perhaps a more open relaxed state of mind. When you make a commitment to study anything and persevere even when you don’t feel like it, you will learn a lot more than someone studying once a month or only when they feel perfectly up for it. Complacency and half arseing things isn’t constructive to good budo practice or any kind of study.
People train for their own reasons and that’s grand by me. However to progress you will need to train on a regular basis. Twice a week is good for a start. Train once a week and you’ll probably just about maintain your level. I see this a lot, people training maybe a few times a month for years. It won’t do much in terms of conditioning. Sure for some it’s difficult to train in a Dojo on a consistent basis, due to work and family commitments, quite understandably, but no reason not to train. You can train on your own between classes. It will make all the difference. Just a question of priorities. Budo training can give us a space to put aside our daily stresses and repetitive thoughts. This ‘head space’ is in itself a great reason to persist with a regular schedule of practice.
So the basic gist of what I’am trying to say is that maybe it’s not a matter of finding the time, maybe it more about giving yourself the time.