Keep on Keeping On: Rousey Style

I have followed MMA fighter Ronda Rousey for years.  I have mad respect for this woman. I love her story, what she represents and how she is breaking down barriers.

She is the best pound-for-pound athlete and the highest paid MMA fighter in the world…male or female.  This is significant. Huge actually.

From struggling with a major speech impediment in her childhood that prevented her from speaking until the age of six , to losing her father to suicide, to battling an eating disorder, and living out of her car for a time, Ronda has experienced some life. This is why she fights.

She is called “the most dangerous woman in the world.” But, she is as sensitive as she is dangerous. She cries when she talks about her Dad. After every match she says from the octagon, “Dad, I hope you are proud of me.”  At one of her book signings, she broke her PR team’s protocol to take time to talk to a little girl who struggles with the same speech impediment Rousey dealt with as a child.

She talks openly about overcoming her body image issues. Here is how Ronda responds to body shaming critics these days:

DNB“I have this one term for the kind of woman my mother raised me to not be, and I call it a do nothing b*tch. A DNB. The kind of chick that just tries to be pretty and be taken care of by someone else. That’s why I think it’s hilarious if my body looks masculine or something like that…. I think it’s femininely badass …because there’s not a single muscle on my body that isn’t for a purpose, because I’m not a do nothing b*tch.” – Ronda Rousey

Yes, she is crass. She is not eloquent. So what.

I think more young women need to hear this kind of message-I wish I had heard this kind of message from a female athlete when I was growing up.

In spite of all Ronda’s success, she still drives the same car she did long before her success, rents a house with her best friend and admits she is not comfortable with the attention that has come with her success.

We all fight-in different ways and for different reasons. Whatever your fight, however you fight, keep on keeping on.

Thanks for representing, Ronda

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