We had a discussion at the dojo last night and the question came up, "Why do you practice aikido?"
There is no right answer. There is no one answer. I have spent a fair amount of time thinking about this question today.
One of my answers, one that feels true, is, "The opportunity to practice Aikido is a gift. It is one of the places I feel most alive. I practice Aikido because I cannot see myself not practicing Aikido."