A never ending search.
Karate is a never ending search for answers. Some you will find quickly. While others may take you years to find. In either case the most important thing is to never stop looking. It is also important on your journey not be envious of others, or to compare your progress to theirs. For while each of us is on a similar path we are all meant to be moving at our own pace. And there is no reason to rush. Karate is not a race. Instead it is a lifetimes pursuit of self exploration, and a deep examination of your own individual character.
So never be satisfied with where you are on this journey. Ever strive to be better today than you were yesterday. Even as you age, and grow old. Even when you have lost your speed, your timing, and your flexibility. Never mind. Still strive to walk your chosen road, and always to the best of your ability.
In the end when you look back, you will be glad you did.
Remember: "Follow in the footsteps of great teachers."