This happens occasionally to me more often than I’d like to admit. What I mean is, have you ever attempted something you were so sure was going to work, only to fail rather miserably? Let me provide an example.
I was sparring with a friend after class in a local gym. He was a Taekwondo practitioner, and I, at the time, only had experience in Gracie Jiujitsu, which is a grappling art, mainly, meaning I wasn’t a great striker. Anyways, so, we begin, we’re both standing on a huge mat. He almost immediately throws a roundhouse kick just as I begin circling. I fail to see it coming, so he nails me in the ribs. Let me tell you, firsthand, it hurt like hell. So I quickly try to regain my composure and take him down with a throw. I kid you not, this kid with the speed of The Flash grabs my arm, twists it and kicks me in the face with the most casual expression I have ever seen. He then kicks me hard in my right leg, making me stumble forward. I turn around and hear him say, “Come on.”
This enrages me, so, naturally, I rush at him again. He hits me in the solar plexus with a push kick as soon as I come forward, kicks me in the head again, then sends me to the ground with a corkscrew kick. I lay there on the floor for what seems like minutes, then see him instantly hovering above me. He has his hand offered, ready to help me up. But I’m not that kind of person. Unfortunately for my friend, I had just learned the rolling kneebar. So, of course, I try it.
I trap his right ankle with both of mine and trip him. Being a pure striker, he doesn’t know how to react, and falls to the mat. I then lock in the hold, my legs wrapped around his isolated one, with my hands in a death vice, leaning pack and pulling up hard, while also twisting his foot just for good measure. I have it fully locked in, and tightly, too. I can’t help but smile as my friend writhes pathetically on the mat in pain, struggling to kick out. Just when I think I’m going to finally beat him, my freaking friend powers up into a plank position, flips over to the side, like a ninja fish (I don’t know), then heel stomps my nose, smashing it. I immediately let go, and hold my face. I was on the verge of tears from the pain. My friend kicks up, leaps over to me, and says “Oh shit, man, I’m so sorry. I meant to feint (fake) that and try to pull out! I’m so sorry!”
That was when I was way younger, and highly undisciplined (obviously). Just a fun story I thought I would share as an example, the fail being here that my real life Perception wasn’t high enough to react and roll sideways to avoid the collision. So, what do you guys have to say? What’s one (or more) time(s) in which you physically or mentally tried something, in real life, with confidence, only to fail and have everything fall apart. Name the stat in real life (literally anything) in which you failed the check for, again in real life (Ex. Strength, Dexterity, Charisma, Agility, Intelligence, Perception, Willpower, and others)?