My fight with Brazil is below.
My take: First round went to Brazil. Second and Third round….hmmm. No matter. The win went to Brazil but how I feel about it is a better question.
I was concerned in the first round when Brazil (Luana) came barreling at me, growling and in fists of fury. My head gear which was too big for me flew off and my thoughts were generating towards, “what on earth am I doing in here with this girl?”
Then I sat down after the first round and remembered how many times I’ve done this before. How many times I have felt this uneasy and uncomfortable (the answer is MANY!) and how much I know about handling these feelings.
I set myself straight and took the second and third round to really measure, avoid, and stay calm.
Maybe staying calm in a three round battle doesn’t do you any favors but I feel great about keeping my head when I know in past fights I have gotten caught up in the other fighter’s game and stayed confused and off my mark.
When I watch the fight I see the times I could have moved in and didn’t. But I also see the times I could have freaked out and instead kept my composure. And yes, I would like to see better technique from myself, better control of the ring and more dominance.
This is a game of learning and mastery. I am not yet a master.
I love Bruce Lee’s quote though. “A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at”.
And I love this journey, this game, this art.
You might see me again in the ring again soon and next time with more confidence, more dominance, and most likely, the win!
Thanks again for your support and encouragement through my journey. I hope it inspires you to move forward in your own journey and realize that it isn’t about hitting the goal but the going after it that matters the most.
Ah-ho, to your dreams, mine, and the journey!