Everyone’s journey in Aikido is different. Our paths may be similar but will never the same. However, one thing I have found in common with others is that Aikido is simple yet complicated, all at the same time. There are some aspects of the principles of Aikido that can easily be employed from day one yet there are others that need honing over many months and years.
It is the variety of Aikido that has kept me interested throughout the past decade and will keep me going for decades to come. I always find I am learning a new way of doing something; making the complicated less so. And, despite the complexities of Aikido I never get stressed, I always leave the mat feeling better and I always want to go back for more.
Apply the principles and practice becomes softer, more fluid, less complicated and as a result you blend better with other Aikidoka. Keep these in mind when you leave the mat and you will blend more with everything and everyone around you. That way, even those who are not Aikidoka will also benefit from your practice.