Dee: The Fire of Our Will
My name’s Dee and I’m truly passionate about not only fitness, but about challenges in all shapes and forms! Found this great website via Google+ and Logen and it kind of put a lot of things into perspective for me as I tend to do things a bit differently in my everyday life and, as I grow older ( and maybe wiser ), I increasingly wanted to push myself out of my many comfort zones. I guess I think of myself as a practicing taoist, whatever that means, and as such, I’m constantly doing my best to stay atuned to the ebbs and flow of life. Not an easy task but one that nonetheless took me to some very interesting places.
Life is movement and I’ve learned that trying to resist that will only make you unhappy. Whether or not we want to, life changes us, every day. Therefore the challenge lies in adaptation. Sometimes it can be scary and some times it can be quite an exhilarating ride.
I guess it all came together for me because of martial arts. It always had been in the back of my head but it took me a long time before I decided to learn. I had been meditating for years and so I took up Tai Chi Quan. It was very good to me. I learned much and realized that the mind and the body are not mutually exclusive, in fact, they both function much better when working together. I will always be thankful to chinese martial arts and philosophy but life took me somewhere else as I realized I need to learn some more practical combat skills. I tried to find a way to learn Jeet Kune Do but in the end Krav Maga was where I found what I was looking for. Once again, I learned and evolved through this very simple yet efficient combat system while I was developing a deep deep love for a healthy lifestyle and fitness in general and as my whole shape improved, my self-confidence also blossomed.
It was then that I realized that I had something many people wish they had and I began to feel very grateful for it. What I’m talking about is unyielding motivation. Motivation. A simple word, but a very powerful tool when one is able to tap into his or her own unlimited supply. All my life, up to that point I had been a drifter, somewhat. Traveled, experienced life but never had really found a way to feel content and driven at the same time but by then, it began to dawn on me that fitness could be that very thing as I had been able to keep pushing myself more and more without fail for a few years, all by myself. Simply put, I made a decision to go back to school and learn kinesiology.
I am currently in the process of completing my studies and become a certified personal trainer and each day my knowledge and experience grows. To me, there is nothing more spiritual than physical training because it is the mind that moves the body and it is only through the mind that we can maintain the decisions that we make.
My interests are growing everyday: Martial arts in general, parkour, calisthenics, a healthy diet, psychology, gardening… Life is a wonderful ride as long as passion is there to fuel it.