I had a friend tag me in an article on Facebook from Jiu-Jitsu Times
It’s an interesting article with a different perspective than you usually read about competing and BJJ.
I’ve seen lots of comments on articles and websites that express that if you don’t have a smile on your face and enjoy every waking minute you do BJJ, than you need to find a different sport. Obviously if you have been following and reading my experiences through the last six months, according to those people I should quit and find something else.
I don’t really think that’s a fair expectation.
It drives me crazy when people try to cookie cutter an experience. Like each person’s trek through BJJ should be exactly the same and never taking into account the unique challenges that each person deals with in their own life. Challenges and mental battles that most of us will never know about or can never relate to.
I know that you can still struggle and feel defeated and put on a smile. That you can have the worst class and still find a reason to be happy. I know that. I am working to become that. I’m just not there yet.
I am a work in progress.
I also know that not being able to recognize that we all have differences and not being able to applaud someone who is struggling and still pushing forward anyway, makes you a shitty person.
I like that this article shows that perseverance and getting out of your comfort zone isn’t always an easy task. That if you want to grow and improve you have to be willing to go through some tough challenges along the way and that you should always being challenging yourself, whether you enjoy that process or not.
It made me realize that it’s okay to be terrified of competing and that I just need to make myself do it. It also made me realize that while I may not enjoy the actual competing part, I will never regret doing it.