Yay or Nay?
That patch on our backs, shirts that we wear and sticker on our car mean something to me. It identifies us as a representative of a team, school, and instructors. That is why it is important to remember that not only does our conduct and demeanor represent who we are, but our actions reflect upon what we choose to represent. Just as we are an extension of our lineage (team, academy and instructors) , that lineage is an extension of ourselves and what we believe in.
enter with an open mind and an unbiased opinion so as to truly gain a worthwhile perspective. I owe it to myself to give all schools and teams a chance before I make a decision.
I never used to understand why someone would want to leave a school or a team. I thought people who left their schools were traitors, weak or deserters. I wondered how loyalty could be so fleeting. It is funny that no matter how wonderful a relationship might have been at one time, it is the bad that most of us remember. Loyalty is incredibly important but at the same time I believe that it is also important to look out for ourselves too. After all this is our personal life experience and ultimately each and everyone of us have the right to choose what is best for ourselves. Some people get lucky and find the right school on the first try. While others might not find the right school immediately or after they do find it things change. Once again I am reminded of how hard it can be to look out for our own best interests even when it sometimes it means hurting people you care about the most. Everyone has their own reasons for leaving and it takes strength to move on. I don't see this as being selfish anymore, but as being a wise investor in our life path.