Longevity is the name of the game (for me).
Why do I say this? Two reasons: because I want to be moving and be healthy in mind, body, and spirit for as long as I’m alive on this earth; and as Jonas Colting has said, “I train because that allows for the best version of myself.”
I train because I enjoy it. I like to be outside, especially in nature. There’s a peaceful, steadfast, balanced resonance when I move my body with intention in the present moment. (More on this at http://soulfulsojourn.com/the-current-moment/). Together with daily meditation, and time with sangha (See, http://soulfulsojourn.com/sangha/) I do believe that the best version of myself (that’s available in the current moment) comes forth. I’m told that others prefer that version of myself. I know that I definitely do.
In a rather chance encounter, I met Ultraman athletes Cory Foulk and Laurie Beers on Hawai’i. It was clear from the outset that these two are on to something. The vigour and fun that they dance through life with literally radiates from them. After talking with them for several hours, on two separate occasions, they repeatedly emphasized the need for maintaining a longterm mental attitude in order to avoid burnout–in either Ultraman or life.
I find that when I just charge ahead continuously there’s both mental and physical strain, which can be helpful occasionally in the short term, but detrimental if one attempts to maintain it. If a sports car is redlined all the time there’s a natural consequence that it’ll be in the shop for repairs. But if it’s driven more responsibly, with only occasional high revs, then it can be tuned over time and last. I find that this metaphor applies to all living beings as well.