Chicago Sun- Still, he loathes reliving the past—so much so that he has removed the rearview mirror on his car (yes, really) as a symbolic reminder to never look back. His coach at Marquette University, Buzz Williams, says Butler was so sensitive about his upbringing that he swore Williams to secrecy while playing for him.
Okay, first and foremost let me stress that you can definitely refuse to look back without removing the rearview mirror from your car. I just want everyone to know that's not a prerequisite to live in the present. It's definitely not necessary, and more importantly, it's definitely not safe. With that said, I'm not so sure I completely disagree with Jimmy Butler's thought process here.
You know how easy it is to frivolously throw around phrases like "I'm never going to look back"? Most of us do it on a daily basis. "I'm never drinking again", "I'm going to start eating healthy", "I'm not going to call anyone a cunt". How often do those things get said without any intent of even trying to follow through on them. That's the main reason why, conservatively speaking, 110% of New Year's resolutions are mere afterthoughts by February. Jimmy Butler might not be someone you want to share the road with, but he very well may be someone you want to share a mentality towards life with.
Taking your rearview mirror out to make sure you don't look back is like covering your room in mirrors to make sure you go to the gym. Sure, it's drastic, but don't say it won't provide you with daily reminder that you need. I suppose the negative side of things of things is that you could learn to hate your body pretty goddamn quick if you saw it from every angle every time you changed, but you wouldn't forget about signing up for that gym membership. Jimmy Butler may get in a tragic, completely avoidable accident tomorrow, but at least he won't be focusing on his rough upbringing when he does. Big rewards require big risks, and there's no bigger risk than blindly trusting those driving behind you. Once he gets that monster contract he won't have to worry about driving himself anywhere anyway. He just needs to stay off those damn highways for the next year or so. Either that or he can just tattoo "never look back" on is wrist or something, but hey, what the fuck do I know? I lie to myself all the time. Maybe the only real way to keep a promise to yourself is to drive a motor vehicle without peripheral vision, it's got to work better than whatever I'm doing.