If you happen to be Facebook friends with me, you would see that last night I had the dorkiest grin on my face. Why is that? Because I got my purple belt!
It’s awesome, but at the same time kind of scary, just like white to blue was. It’s the beginning of a new level, and it also means you get your ass beat repeatedly by people who are about ready to move on to the next belt. In a nice, technical fashion of course, but you’re still getting your ass beat. It’s about reaching plateaus, and getting past them after you’re frustrated a million times. It’s about mentoring others, especially those just starting, and still maintaining your humility, giving the respect your teammates and competition deserves. It’s about all that and I’m sure a lot of things I haven’t even learned or experienced yet.
It’s about a lot of things, but above all else it’s about the journey in jiu jitsu that we are all going through, and it’s awesome to take a big step in that journey.
But still, oh crap!