I once knew a guy on a chess discord channel that used to say that he was only playing "serious" chess for about 6 months and he already attained a very respectable rating of 2300+ in blitz. He played IM John Bartholomew in one his streams, despite being outplayed in the opening, he created enough tactical complications to secure a draw.
I used to think that every 2000+ players have being playing for years, perhaps since their childhood, and it is already a natural thing for them. I've been playing online for quite some years and my progress is so slow that is quite frustrating. Is chess about "natural ability" after all?