Friends: Fans or Professional Cutmen?

18 Sep

It’s nice when friends are your fans. When they support you and cheer you on and get excited for your victories.  It would be cheesy to wear track jackets and t-shirts proclaiming our love for our friends (just look at one family reunion or bachelorette weekend t-shirt and you’ll agree with me).

But the best friends are not fans.  They are cutmen.

Cutmen are employed by professional boxers to treat cuts between rounds so that the boxer is able to continue boxing.  “Minor” injuries like swelling, nosebleeds and lacerations can be a cause for a premature match stoppage and count as a loss.  By patching them up during breaks, the fight can continue.  The cutman can be a decisive factor in the outcome of a match, even though most cutmen learn these skills merely through apprenticeship and  self-education.

The best friends are cutmen.

They patch us up when we’re bleeding but they send us back into the ring.
Their job is to ensure we are able to do our job.

Fans profit from their heroes wins.  But they do not share in the win.  Cutmen, who work for a small (1-3%) percentage of the prize money, are invested in each win.

The best friends are cutmen.

I woke up this morning overwhelmed by how many cutmen I possess.  Either I get into a lot of scrapes and require a lot of patching up, or I’ve been truly blessed by people choosing to support me in the ring.  By watching the superb cutmen around me, I am learning how to be a better cutman myself.

It is not our job to ignore the fight.
Or use humor to avoid thoughts of the fight.
Or deny there is a fight.
Our job is to prepare for the in-betweens, the moments when winning doesn’t seem inevitable, when energy is flagging, when cuts are opened.

We get to make a difference in those in-betweens just like others make a difference for us.






One Response to “Friends: Fans or Professional Cutmen?”

  1. meg September 19, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    I agree! Now, if you could please hurry up with that squirt of gatorade I’ll be on my way…

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