A friend of mine, who'd been attending my savate classes on and and off, apologized to me recently about attendance, but that he'd be back really soon.
I told him that he's welcome to come back, but I ALSO told him...
Martial arts, the real arts, it's hard. You'll sweat, you'll bleed, you'll throw up, you'll feel fear, you'll feel aggression, a lot of things that people don't normally associate with a good time.
Unless this is something that you love, unless this is something that is a PART of who you are, don't waste your time doing this.
Because at some point, while you're skipping rope, or grappling with an aggressive opponent, or eating a SOLID fouette figure to the head, the thought will cross your mind "why am I DOING this?" And unless you love this, unless your soul NEEDS this...you won't have an answer to that question. And that's when you quit. But if you LOVE this and can't live without this, none of the "pain", will bother you. You won't enjoy all the time, but you will most of the time. THINK about this, before you come back to class. Know what you're doing, and why you're doing it.
I've found that the students that stay in these arts (not necessarily the ones that stay with me) are the ones who feel that the arts have a deeper meaning for them that they can't always articulate.
For those who just want to be fit or lose weight, or are attracted by the novelty, they're the ones that usually have "life events" get in the way of training.