There have been, so many changes in my life over the past month. I've gone from being knocked back to a mere 18 hours a week, to now working full time at a supervisor level. This change has also opened up an opportunity to try something I'd been growing an interest in for some time now: Mixed Martial Arts.
A few years ago, a me of a different mindset was adamantly against it. Hypocritical considering the nature of my artwork, but I've always been a firm believer of practicing physical contact of this nature from behind a computer screen. It was just as well that I had friends that practice either MMA or Jiu Jitsu, since bouts of exposure to their culture had slowly been swaying my mind. For quite some time now, I wanted to do something to improve my fitness, and meet new people socially through means other than getting drunk in nightclubs. I'm only a few weeks in, and let me tell you. I absolutely swear by it now.
The most immediate changes I've noticed are through my appetite, and my mindset. Don't get me wrong. I've never been fat. I suspect I'll never be fat in the future. That being said, I think I ate more than I needed to. Often I'd get the urge to be constantly snacking. Perhaps out of boredom, but it kicked my appetite into overdrive with my body not really having much to do. Not so much now. Yes I still get hungry, but my appetite is far from the ravenous beast it used to be.
Because of this boredom, I'd often find myself simply browsing through facebook, getting angry at the often belligerent opinions constantly getting thrown on my wall. Time I could've been spending on video games. Or artwork. Or anything better than that. But now, diving into a game has become fun again. And have you noticed that I've been posting pictures again as of late? The classes have really helped the theme of my artwork. With a greater understanding of the physicality of grapples and impacts, and especially holds from the Jiu Jitsu end of things, I can now pose a scene with more believability. Yes, I'm posting pro-wrestling scenes, which involve more 'selling', but I now understand how much some of that hurts now.
It's hard to explain, but I feel like a lot of weight has been taken off my shoulders. And because of it, I'm more content in myself.