[This post was originally published on my old blog]
I’ve been talking about this a lot (and possibly annoying people) but my cousin just became a Strikeforce fighter, and I couldn’t be more proud of him.
On Friday I drove up to Kent, Washington with my mom, sister and aunt (his mom) to watch his first fight. None of the boys/men wanted to come (except for his brother). I find this to be terribly backwards, but whatever. I’m not an MMA fan, per say, but I wanted to support him as he fulfills his goals and dreams – so I went and I cheered, and I tried not to throw up from the nerves of watching him get punched in the face.
Both my cousin and his opponent went into the fight undefeated, and unfortunately my cousin now has one loss (by decision) under his belt too. I know this was a hard loss for him, and I know he feels like he wasn’t on top of his game and he let people down. Which he didn’t. I also know that the grace and determination with which he has handled this loss is very inspiring to me, and everyone around us in the stands was incredibly impressed with his performance.
Things I’ve learned from Jeremy:
1. If you want something, GO FOR IT.
2. Luck happens to people who are trained and prepared for the opportunities that come their way.
3. Sometimes things don’t go the way you plan.
4. What matters is that you get back up and keep going.
5. Do not dwell on mistakes, or losses, or missteps. Use them as learning opportunities to make necessary adjustments or changes so that you are even better prepared for the next opportunity.
Bonus: Always have a positive attitude. People respect a gracious attitude, win or lose. I hope he makes it to the top, and I’ll be cheering him on the entire way!
*Sorry the pictures are a bit blurry. I was too busy yelling and fidgeting to make sure they were in focus.