So while I could drink some water and eat a bit of food, I couldn’t go overboard. You want to get working, even a tad tired, so you walk into the ring completely ready to go to war. Between rounds the ref came to my corner, threatening to call the fight if I didn’t start throwing some punches.
Needless to say, to my fault, I left my cutting too close to my fight. You don’t want to have to take a few rounds to warm up, because getting your ass kicked in those first rounds could mean being knocked out if you didn’t take enough time to warm up (a lot of fighters chew gum before a fight to warm up their jaws because of that fact). So we hit pads lightly before he called it off, told me to sit down and rest, and wait for the fight in front of me to be finished. I was going to weather the storm then look for my opportunity to attack. What he didn’t know was that through the entire first round, I was looking for patterns.
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Where I’ve wished I were somewhere else, and wished my circumstances were different.
There have been too many moments in my life where I refused to accept things as they were, deluding the truth, and not realizing the facts and what had to be done in order to elevate my situation. I don’t remember them because they were brief, and they were filled with no joy, no purpose, only depression, self-loathing, and self-pity.
Now I’m no Floyd, not even near that realm, but what other choice did I have than to bide my time, pay attention, and look for opportunities?
As the bell rung signifying the start to the second round, my opponent smugly reached out to touch gloves, as if this round was going to be my last, or at least another cake walk on his part. But before he could throw the hook I countered with a right cross aimed dead on that tiny little chin of his, punching threw my target as if I was aiming for something 6 inches behind his head.
As I sat down, put on my socks, and pants, and shirt, I watched as the hometown boy jumped on the scale.
The ref played with it as it settled on 154 pounds, but before the weight was read aloud, he nodded to my opponent, telling him that he could get away with 154 pounds, a gesture identifying that he’d turn a blind eye. In the grand scheme it’s two pounds, and I knew I was going to knock that son of a bitch out anyways, so who cared…Now, it was time to rehydrate, kind of. I’d have to weigh in at the same time tomorrow, and fight again that night.
They don’t see all they’ve accomplished, the good things that they’ve done, and only dwell on what they Others refuse to see themselves as they truly are in a different light. The story above is one I’m proud of, and will always be able to go back to. Keep your ideal in mind from time to time, because this is what you’re working towards, but always be objective about where you are.
They refuse to accept their weaknesses or identify their strengths. If there’s one thing you can do in this world that will lead you to both happiness and success, it is to accept your reality, and to make the best of it. Stand in the world as it is, in your world as it is, and make the best of it with what you have. Where I could have looked for an out, I instead stood and fought. Don’t embellish your successes, nor your failures, just be real. Now, identify what it’s going to take to get from where you are, to where you want to be. Do it for your physical development, your emotional and spiritual and mental growth.
They have been stripped from my memory except for the purpose of warning me in the future, so to never neglect to accept how things really are, and do whatever’s necessary to make the absolute best of whatever my reality may be.
Few people, as I’ve come to know, can truly be real with themselves, or their lives.
You could see he was pissed off even more than I was. He realized why they set the schedule this way and I can’t remember a word that came out of his mouth that wasn’t four letters, starting with an F or an S. He was in charge of protecting his fighters, and in this situation, there was little he could do but join me in my efforts to make the best of my reality.