Saturday, August 28, 2010

This keeps me going with a smile on my face...

You know I've been feeling sick lately. Work has been all over my buttocks with deadlines, and I have half a dozen writing projects I keep wanting to do, but there's just no time. Sometimes I look at the blog and think, sorry babe, I got nothin' for ya. I despair of having anything interesting to report, especially when I'm busy and sick and just not training in the right mental place. But, then...I got a super nice compliment today... Tim wrote,

"I just want to say thank you for your tireless dedication to the art of jiu-jitsu and your blog. I read it every day and it has helped to forge the jiujitsuka that I am today and hope to be in the future. Muito Obrigado and Osu!"

Wow. My instinct towards self-deprecation lunged to the fore and wanted to say "buddy, you need better role models." But I am honored and deeply touched. After all, he just said "helped" so it's not like he doesn't have other, better people to model-- and maybe in some way it's good to see the mistakes and failures of this random mediocre bluebelt out there. I love, love, love being part of this international community of jitsukas... every time I look on my little blog analysis thingie (sitemeter, it's free, it's awesome!) I can see who is online right then, and there's so many parts of the world represented! And they're reading OUR WORDS! (um, yeah, not just me... when you comment, you're out there too.. I love it!) I find people on every continent, every day on this blog and it just stuns me.. amazes me.. and totally completely humbles me. I had famous blackbelts come up to me (to me!!) at the Pans and tell me they read my blog. WOW.

So thanks guys. I'm sorry I'm not writing much the last couple days/weeks. I am still thinking jits (and when I fall asleep on the couch I'm dreaming it. I invented a kick ass choke!! but forgot it as I woke up.. isn't that just my luck?) and I appreciate your patience, I will be back.


DagneyTaggert said...

First off, get soem rest and get well. I don't like it when good people get sick.

Second off, I completely echo that compliment! You are a Mariana's Trench of goodwill and inspiration.

slideyfoot said...

Get well soon!

One of the handy things about blogging every class is that I don't have to think very hard to keep my blog pumping out posts. Of course, those class write-ups tend to be less interesting for people to read, but it means I can take a little more time over more special stuff, like articles, reviews, and now, interviews.

The community built up by BJJ bloggers is really awesome: its been so cool watching it grow over the last few years, and brilliant bloggers like you, Leslie and Seymour just keep on getting better and better. Best of all, new blogs with great content keep on appearing, Julia's one probably being the best recent example.

So, SO keen to come and train with you all. Star Trek needs to hurry up and become reality, so I can jump on a transporter instead of having to fly thousands of miles. ;p

A.D. McClish said...

Georgette, I have to tell you, you and Leslie were the first higher belt girls that I sought advice from. I didn't have any girls at my school to question and so I started looking around online and found your blog. Reading about your victories and failures, and your never-ending determination, has helped me so much. And also, just hearing "I know what you mean," from another girl who has been through the same thing I am going through means so much. Thanks for all that you do! And feel better soon!!

Anonymous said...

Ditto what Allie said...When I first started BJJ, I was one of two girls, and the other woman was a great deal older then me--so I wanted to make sure that there wasn't something wrong with me cause I liked this boy-dominated martial art, and the blogs I've found (of which leslie and yours were the first) probably kept me from quitting something I love so much! :)

The Part Time Grappler said...

OF course are you kidding?! It's the first thing I read when I switch my computer on at work in the morning :o)

Get well soon G.