I know I've said this to myself countless times, 'If only I had started training jiu-jitsu when I was in college or even earlier, how good I could be today.' With the recent fan-interview with Cobrinha I couldn't help but reflect on how we choose to see our past in relation to the present and what we may not have. Do we wish for something different or do we recognize that we are a product of it and that its OK?
We read or hear about how the champions of today getting their start at 5 years old, surrounded by legends and ate/slept/lived jiu-jitsu 24-7 (excluding Cobrinha since he started in 2000, hehe). A lifetime of training and dedication and if we could just get a bit of that, then just maybe we would be much more than what we are today. Or, we burn-out as an 18 year-old purple-belt and never train jiu-jitsu again. I've had a few friends recently get promoted to brown and black-belts and have asked them, how many of the guys they started with make it? And when I say make it, make it through all the hardship to get that coveted rank that they possess today. Most of them can count the number on one hand in contrast to the number of guys that started training at the same time to be in the double digits. I think that says a lot about the process of training/learning jiu-jitsu and how that fits in our lives at any given time. I've seen some gifted athletes just burn-out or lose interest while the rest of us scratch our heads in disbelief. 'If only I had his talent, I wouldn't quit.'
So rather than waste my time with 'if only I had', I try to refocus my energy about what I need to do to get where I want. Be happy with where you are today and stay hungry cause as long as you don't quit, you'll keep getting better. -Luke
PS- Want to thank fellow blogger Albert since his post inspired me to write this one.