Being fat teaches you patience, at least when you’re playing tag. It’s hard to catch people when they’re faster than you and have better conditioning. Fat kids develop patience when it comes to neighborhood games. I remember chasing my friends round and round parked cars—I never caught anyone that way. So, I would stop and sit down. Yes, they’d ridicule me; yes, they’d say that’s not how you play the game; sometimes someone would get mad and want to get in my face; that’s when I’d tag them, “You’re it!”
Patience is something we need to develop, especially in our jiu-jitsu game. Sometimes we need to “sit down and wait,” not stall, but let the submission come to us. We need to be patient. If we chase our opponent ‘round and ‘round the car we’ll never catch them. Fat kids are patient and so are good jiu-jitsu people.