I watch a lot of UFC (mixed martial arts) and often identify with the discipline required.
As a boy I gave wrestling a shot, as well judo – and spent time in a “relatively serious” boxing environment before the ripe ol age of thirteen. I remember it all…….every minute – like it was yesterday.
In particular a story from the boxing ring.
A new kid there in the garage – fast, eager and more than just a little cocky. It didn’t take long until he as well, had done his time and was ready for a real opportunity in the ring. We squared off , came together at the center, touched gloves and BANG!…….before I’d even taken a step back – the kid wound up and clocked me with everything he had.
It was the first time I’d truly “seen stars” and the rage that surged through in those seconds after – was again………something I will never forget, and despite every ounce of myself screaming to ” annihilate this lil sh#$t” – I remained calm. I boxed.
3 rounds later – I lost that fight…………but in retrospect – I gained far more.
I learned how to take a punch. I learned that “life’s not fair”. I learned that things will likely be a lot tougher than you expect – and that you can’t win all the time.
Needless to say – that kid didn’t last very long. He danced around a couple more sessions, but in the end couldn’t handle the crunches and circuit training, gave up and went home crying to his mother.
Boxing like trading – you really do need to learn………how to take a punch.