I had another post I was working on but couldn’t bring myself to publish it. Mostly, I developed writers block during the revision process and just figured screw it, write about something else because I have the time.

This morning, I woke up to train at 6:30am. This is new to me because I’m never up that early. I wake up at 8:30 typically with no alarm. Today, I woke up early and ironically, nobody was there to open up the school I was going to train at. A few people showed, nobody had a key. Of course this would happen the morning I wake up at 6:30 am and force myself to get some extra training before the sun comes up.

I texted a couple of people I thought would be there –also key-holders.

Both replied with something along the lines of being too disheartened by the election to have made it in to train.

I thought to myself “Hmm…that’s unfortunate”.

My social media feed as well as my inbox show such negativity and despair and I cannot help but feel a little pity. I don’t feel negative or despaired or helpless. I woke up this morning at 6:30 am to add fuel to the fire I set for myself. I woke up at 6:30 this morning to take one more step into self-actualization and fulfill my purpose with more intent than I ever have had in my life.

The decision for some not to train today because of some “electoral hangover” is acceptable, sure. But for others, JiuJitsu is nonnegotiable.

It does not matter who has been elected president. What matters is that we continue to wake up, get out of bed and be grateful for one more day of life. We do that by living life on purpose and getting after our mission no matter what political situation we are in or what circumstances surround us.

This is not a political post –far from it. I don’t talk politics with but less than a handful of people and I prefer to not engage in political ramblings. I have given my life to jiu-jitsu. I will continue to give my life to jiu-jitsu.

If you are serious about jiu-jitsu, the results of this election should not influence your decision to train. Go out and go train. Do something for yourself and those around you. Don’t add to the negativity and helplessness and general malaise that’s floating about. Get after it and live your life on purpose.

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