I’ve noticed that when someone works out at the gym or runs every day, other people tend to applaud his or her discipline with words like “healthy” and “dedicated.” But in my experience, when people ask me how often I go to martial arts, I am often confronted with surprise and words like “obsessed” and “fanatic.” Sometimes there’s even a slight negative tone or subtext to the comment.
While I do think “obsessed” is accurate in my case, I wonder why that word isn’t generally associated with the gym-going person or the runner. In what way is working out at kung fu class different than lifting weights? (Besides being a million times more fun, that is…)
We’ve all experienced this sort of double-standard with geeky hobbies vs. “normal” hobbies, but for some reason the fact that kung fu is a physical activity makes it seem strange to me. Have any of you experienced something like this before? Or maybe it’s all in my head?