Every life is worth living…
but sometimes tragedy happens, chemicals in our brain change, or simply, the daily grind beats us into a less-than-ordinary existence. The Fight Within Us shows us how one person (that’s me!) deals with these obstacles and chooses to live through them by pushing towards a remarkable life. Throughout the year, I will chronicle my quest to find meaning in suffering, challenge my own preconceived notions, and learn from those further along the road — in hopes of discovering how all of us have the ability to fight the good fight.
How I’ll Do This:
My Journey as an Amateur Boxer. I’m turning my new-found love for boxing into a real training ground for growth, using this year to work my way up as an amateur boxer — in hopes of rising to the Golden Gloves finals in 2012.
My Journey through Mental Illness. I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in 2007 and since then my life — despite its struggles and setbacks — has significantly improved. I’ve learned that treatment is a lot like what boxers go through physically, emotionally and spiritually. With the lessons I’ve learned in the ring and on the couch, I hope that each will influence the other and bring new insight to take on life’s challenges.
Our Journey of Shared Strength. Of course, I can’t do this alone and right now I get most of my strength from others. So I’ll be sharing stories and experiences from those who inspire me and give insight, who understand what it takes to overcome obstacles, and who work their tails off to be their very best selves.
The Reason Why
I’m here to learn all that I can about the journey we’re on and the choices we make. There’s a lot a single person can offer — even with our tragedies, disabilities or whatever else is holding us back. Because all of that stuff? Well, it makes us human. And as human as we are, we can always contribute to something greater than ourselves. So here’s my turn, here’s my chance. Here’s my fight for those who desire hope when hope is long gone. Here’s my fight for those who struggle to live when living become the deepest burden they’ve ever carried. Because whatever we may have done or may have felt, however awful that experience was, how painful; how fearful it may be, it does not define us completely. I have learned that even in our darkest hour of despair we can never be thrown away. And once we realize that, we lead remarkable lives.