Can you imagine yourself having a championship fight against Conor McGregor? I know what you’re thinking: ”Dounia, where the hell are you going with this!?’ But hold on, because what if I told you, that you might be in that exact fight (kinda) without even realizing it?
Listen, you know your life has more downs than ups and it doesn’t matter if it’s been that way for a short or long period of time. The fact is that you’re sick of not being able to say how you feel without bursting into tears. Yes… You got your colleague a bit shook last Thursday, honey. All he asked was if you wanted some sugar in your tea. Poor guy…
The championship fight I talked about in the intro, represents the struggle you’re dealing with at the moment. This entire blog post will include lots of metaphoric elements and I hope you won’t mind. I mean, if we’re going to talk about the negative things in life that ruins everything such as: depression and anxiety, why not spice it up a bit and make you look like the tough one? Because seriously, that is what you are!
The fight represents your life, ”Conor” is the obstacle – between you and your happiness. There’s only one person left. You. Who are you in all of this? It’s simple. You are just another athlete that gets the chance to take the belt from the current champ, to become the best in the world. I’m not trying to write a blog post about UFC here (
although it kinda looks like I am *cough*). I’m actually putting your life into perspective… A very weird yet interesting perspective, don’t you think?
Take the lead!
Here’s the thing, while you’re putting yourself down by saying that you’re weak and a loser, you have no idea how strong you actually are. Strong as in, although you have a broken nose and a busted lip, you still won that belt!
Overcoming struggles in life don’t happen overnight and damn, if only they didn’t left scars. Unfortunately, this is not the case. And just because you didn’t ask for your life to take this dark and depressing turn, doesn’t mean you can’t change it.
Your mind and body are not two separated things. In fact, they are one and controlled by you. Well, if only you decide to take the lead and be the own captain of your ship, because that is what it comes down to at the end of the day.
You are actually one hell of a fighter and don’t try to convince me that that isn’t true because you’re: ”only trying to stay alive” or ”getting yourself through the day”. Because that, my dear friend, is enough! It takes a lot of strength, effort and willpower to do that and that is the exact ingredient what champions are made off.
Don’t believe me? Listen to this amazing quote by Muhammad Ali on what a true champion is!
Every little thing you do, in order to keep moving on, is what makes you the champion of your division a.k.a. your life. And yes, you’re probably going to face lots of different monsters inside the octagon before you finally get that big money fight you’ve always dreamed of, but keep believing in yourself and never back down. Take every problem and turn it into a life lesson. Create success out of it.
As a wise man once said: “There’s no progress without struggle.”
Once you reach the top of your game, the contestanst (your obstacles and struggles in life) will get more aggressive and dangerous. But hey, don’t let that fear take control over you. Trust your heart and mind, that is filled with experience and knowledge. You’ve been through this before and since you’re about to fight, you don’t have to cut weight anymore. So you can actually enjoy every bite of this delicious piece of cake! You see my point?
Your mental toughness is to die for and your game plan is on point. You’re not that helpless little person anymore you was before everything went downwards. You observed, learned and grew. You got this.
You should not fear life nor anything it has to offer. At the end of the day it will only make you stronger and wiser. I really like this quote by UFC fighter Nate Diaz where he said:
”We should always be ready to fight. Everybody, on our worst days.” – Nate Diaz
Some people might think he’s talking about the fight game in general. Hell, he might’ve been. But to me, he was directly talking to all of us watching and how we should be ready to fight for our lives. You will never be prepared, life can throw it’s curveballs at you when you least expect it, but never back away from it.
Remember this: The thing that makes a fighter confident is the belief in themselves. Always believe in yourself.
So, when depression or any other mental disorder has the guts to knock on your door, make sure to open it. Face it and smack that shiny golden belt into it’s face and if you’re really feeling yourself, you might choke it until it’s going to tap or fall asleep.
Don’t fear the obstacles, Champ. Let the obstacles fear you.