Work that part into your life as my second recommendation to you.
My commitment to an individual sport like this has nothing to do with the guy next to me and I've never indicated such. That is coming from you and it's not accurate. I'm putting forth the effort and enthusiasm each day because I don't engage in something unless I do it fully. It's who I am. That, and because of the fact there's always so much to learn and improve on in this sport, you'll walk off the beach much better each day than when you stepped on it as long as you maintained an open mind and sense of gratitude throughout the session.
What do I have to show for the hours I've logged? You speak as if you're trying to talk me out of reverence and commitment to surfing. To answer your question, at the 90 day mark I can catch up to 50% of the waves I attempt from 2 footers to 9 footers, bottom turn frontside and backside, pump through whitewater to accelerate through it, duck dive larger waves, handle a wipeout from small to medium to large, paddle through tougher sets to get out back, etc. All those skills I can perform but in no way am I doing them all or most of the time or doing them soundly more often than not. Those are good basics but I still have many more basics next up such as angling into takeoffs better and more often, picking the right waves to catch based on their break, getting down the line consistently, getting back in the wave after a bottom turn, etc. To me, there will never be a point where I can't get better and learn more.
Read some of my posts a couple weeks back when others were preaching about the stoke. There is nothing "pent" up in me, and definitely not when I'm involved in this great sport that I've recently found. It's laughable that I got tarred, feathered, and lynched in this thread yet when I finally put the dukes up it's looked at like it's me who's the angry, aggressive one.
How shall I "earn" this respect you speak of, so that I may not be subject to being talked to like a dog no one cares about or an ex-con?
Your recommendations are like gold. Can I hire you as a life coach?
If you don't know how to earn respect on an internet forum I fear for your regular social interactions. I fear for the people that may have to interact with you more. Seeing a 33 year old man crying like a grom has got to be awkward and your inability to take any constructive criticism via the internet cannot bode well for face to face interactions.
My recommendations are quite good if I do say so myself. As far as life coaching goes... I haven't really thought about it but I assume someone in your situation could gain some valuable knowledge. PM me if you're really interested in some life coaching.