I stammered and made excuses. "I'm training to become an actor." I said. He refuted them, "So what?" He asked me if there was a girl I liked. I told him "yes". He told me to go "ask her out" and then "play some sports."
My life has been radically different since then.
The following year, I immersed myself in what I have come to lovingly refer to as "physical theatre." I trained with the ROTC three mornings each week at 6:30am; I took a gymnastics elective one night each week; I took judo twice a week at 8am and embarked upon the most physical and ensemble-based theatrical project of which I had ever been a part, Butoh Electra.
Now, almost exactly three years later, I am still proud to call myself an artist of the "Physical Theatre"; sometimes I even call myself a "dancer" and always, I tell people that "I am happy." -- because it's true. My body is constantly in motion and I believe that a body in motion is a happy body.
How is your physical condition? When was the last time you did rigorous physical exercise? When was the last time you pampered and took care of that miraculous patchwork of flesh and bones that is your body?
Take my advice: treat your body well and you will be treating yourself well. We live in an age of disembodied brains, where obesity, heart problems, spinal problems, tension, even clumsiness are all too common -- yet so easily prevented. Enrich your body with as much rigor and attention as you enrich your mind and I promise you will not regret it, no matter your profession.
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Why is leading a physically balanced life important to you? When did you discover it?