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For all that we complain about negativity on the internet; more should be said about the kindness of strangers.
Thanks to everyone for the messages of support. They're all much appreciated!
Especially grateful to my team, my friends and the people around me who've been there for me throughout.
Whatever happens, I'm grateful for all the experiences I've had in this sport; & all the fantastic people I would never have met without it.
I don't know when, or if, I'll fight again, or at this point what the future holds.
For those who don't already know - I'm currently out with a neck injury, awaiting probable surgery.
...the lessons learned from the pursuit of excellence mean much more than the immediate trophies and glory.” - Josh Waitzkin (2)
"In my experience, successful people shoot for the stars, put their hearts on the line in every battle, and ultimately discover that... (1)
Particularly looking forward to the 2 women's fights on
I'll be watching the rather excellent #CWFC62 stream from home. Anyone want to join me?
Wish I was in Newcastle for #CWFC62. Good luck to all my friends and team mates who are fighting.
Una Salus Victis Nullam Sperare Salutem. "The only hope for the doomed, is not to hope for salvation." - Virgil, The Aeneid.
"You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, well you might find, you get what you need."
"If you want reality to be different than what it is, you might as well try to teach a cat to bark." - Byron Katie
Back to basics: control the controllables.
“You’ve gotta keep making decisions , even if they’re wrong decisions. If you don’t make decisions, you’re stuffed.” - Joe Simpson
Why does my phone think I'm in Algeria...?
Rediscovering Shostakovich. Played this one with Reading Youth Orchestra half a lifetime ago:
Organisations that cover things up because they're afraid of looking bad end up looking far worse when the truth eventually gets out.
Anyone else see the elephant in the room? Anyone? Someone? No? OK, we can all squeeze up in the corner here and ignore it together.
"The game is rigged. But you can't lose if you don't play." - Marla Daniels, The Wire.
Sapolsky on depression. One of my favourite science writers / speakers.
"Life—the way it really is—is a battle not between good and bad, but between bad and worse" Joseph Brodsky
Any knowledgeable people out there with views on the pros and cons of CSpine disc replacement vs fusion for two level disc degeneration?
"When you have stepped through the looking-glass you step back at your peril. The mirror may cut you to shreds." - Salman Rushdie
The problem with every scoring system for MMA - trying to map all the complexity of a fight onto a binary outcome. It'll never be perfect.
But I'm pretty sure the people judging GSP don't have the slightest idea what he's going through or what it's like to walk in his shoes. (2)
I must be the only person in MMA who hasn't watched GSP / Hendricks, so I don't know who should have won (1)
Dear Santa; for xmas, please can you get me a new neck?
Time to focus on the positive. I appreciate all the fantastic support I've had from so many people.
Spent some time with some really great friends over the last few weeks. Starting to realise what's important and what isn't.
"Don't lose your dinosaur" - Step Brothers
"It's your life - if you don't like it then change it, because nobody's going to change it for you." Time to follow some good advice.
Armchair coaches - please keep sending advice, it's not at all irritating. I'd reciprocate, but I don't know much about beer or xbox games.
"It's easier to change your circumstances than your behaviour."
...a great manager takes your phone off you when you drink too much of his whisky. Thanks
you're the best.
A good manager spends time helping you sort your head out when things go badly...
Just to clarify - it doesn't really bother me, I'm more fascinated by the bizarreness of it all. Humans do some weird things.
Still slightly surreal getting abusive messages from MMA fans claiming to be concerned for my welfare. It's a funny old world.
"For those who understand, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible."
But it's definitely time to get away from the internet for a bit and go and see what's going on back in the real world. (5)
But it's definitely time to get away from the internet and see what's going on back in the real world. Have fun, catch you all later. (5)
This isn't the time, or place, for a discussion about hows and whys. Not sure yet where I go from here, we'll see what the future brings (4)
I try to have a laugh on here and not take things too seriously - but honestly, I'm pretty cut up about the way things went down. (3)
There are some really fantastic people out there, and your support means more to me than I can tell you. (2)
Ok, enough is enough. If nothing else, this whole thing has been an interesting experience... (1)
fans who'd like to lynch me? May as well all give me a good kicking while I'm down. Only until the referee stops it, mind
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