Saturday, May 19, 2012

Going With (Or Against) The Flow

The tide of public opinion can be an odd thing at times. Take James Hellwig, better known to professional wrestling fans as The Ultimate Warrior. I am not a professional wrestling fan (any more), so my introduction to him was through the web company Channel Awesome and the That Guy With The Glasses Website. On that site, they were mainly poking fun at the Ultimate Warrior's venture into comic creation and how his mannerisms and speaking habits were extremely unusual. And I gather that many people agree with them.
However, I find his ways near inspiring. I'm not sure if the people of Channel Awesome were just making jokes or if they didn't get the metaphors and symbolism, but most of the Warrior's writing made sense to me. I've been meaning to find a copy of the actual comic if only so I can further analysis the writing.
Until then, I take comfort in knowing that the Ultimate Warrior is still around. I understand he is now a chiropractor (how ironic), but also posts a series of videos on Youtube. Once again, I find most of what he has to say inspiring. I find myself agreeing with him on the value of discipline and taking yourself seriously. In fact, I have set it up so that my three alarms (I have trouble getting up in the morning) will play sound clips from the Warrior's sermons. So far, they've proven very effective.

Friday, May 11, 2012

When The Fires Die Out, Our Work Will Begin

The above phrase is something that has been floating around my skull for some time now. It still applies well to what is happening now though. Earlier today, I finished the final in my last class. As in the last class in my college career. Provided I passed everything, I can now focus on finding a job and getting on with my life. Due to certain circumstances, I have been going to school part time, so it has taken me almost 8 years to finish college. Of course, I still need to pass all my courses.
But when that proves to be true, I will have a great deal of time on my hands. I should dedicate much of that time looking for a job, and I will. But it also means I now have free days to accomplished many of the things I didn't seem to have time for before. For the longest time, I've been having classes in the late evening. To compound the problem, many of the activities I've wanted to take part in are during this time. But this means I no longer have any excuse.
One thing I plan to do as soon as possible is look for some local fencing clubs. I've been meaning to get into this as a sport. I've taken martial arts classes in the past, and these have provided massive benefits to my health. Having a regimented routine tends to give me a sense of purpose and makes me more likely to go through with it. So, come Monday, I plan to head to a nearby fencing club and see if I can join in.