Lute!

  

I’m not sure where I’m going with this.

I’m pretty sure I suck at up keeping a blog. So why do I still find myself going through the hassle of setting up a new one? So annoyingly persistent. Truth be told, this is the kind of mindset that I wish I possess in everything I do. This spirit of perseverance.

“Lute!” is what the referee would say when a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) fight lacks in combativeness. Or simply put, stalled. This verbal command serves as a wake up call for me. The past few years has been “Lute”. Sure, I have suffered through a tortourous journey through part-time university followed by my current nightmare that is post-grad diploma. My brain and body surely did not stall, but my soul did. 

Not until recently did I pay attention to my soul. This passion that was suddenly ignited on the 25th of February 2016. That was when I invested my time and money into BJJ. As much as I aim to be, I am not a great grappler. But I can feel my improvement. BJJ did not only teach me skills and techniques. It taught me to be fitter and healthier. More than that, it taught me to be humble, patient, calm and to lose my ego. It was not until Firdhaus pointed it out that I realise I did not foster the spirit of BJJ. I was hella mad that someone new got promoted before I did and I felt that I was better than her. I reacted in a way that shocked even myself up till now. 

When I got my first stripe, I realise that I should not chase the promotion. Taking on Fir’s advice, I decided to chase the improvement rather than the stripe. I felt so much lighter with that mindset. Soon enough, I started to apply the concepts of BJJ in my personal and professional life. 

Maybe the reason I set this blog up was with the hopes of documenting my process and progress through this new lifestyle I’m choosing to embark on.

Wait a minute, I have not introduced myself and yet I’m already blabbering away.

I am Nadia Rafiq, a 93’s baby. Which means I’m 23 this year. I am a Staff Nurse so I might occasionally yammer on about the ever so hectic medical life. I’ll be graduating from post-grad diploma this May. And recently, I became a grappler. 

So, I hope this blog will be filled with insightful thoughts and feelings, knowledgeable information and the occasional random crap that resides in my brain. 

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