My Fight/Your Fight by Ronda Rousey
"Marked by her signature charm, barbed wit, and undeniable power, Rousey’s account of the toughest fights of her life—in and outside the Octagon—reveals the painful loss of her father when she was eight years old, the intensity of her judo training, her battles with love, her meteoric rise to fame, the secret behind her undefeated UFC record, and what it takes to become the toughest woman on Earth. Rousey shares hard-won lessons on how to be the best at what you do, including how to find fulfillment in the sacrifices, how to turn limitations into opportunities, and how to be the best on your worst day.
Packed with raw emotion, drama, and wisdom this is an unforgettable book by one of the most remarkable women in the world. "
Ronda Rousey is arguably the most powerful fighter in history, and yes, I am consciously saying history. This girl is unparalleled in her determination and drive. She has really inspired me, and countless others. She is a Bantamweight World Champion, but reading her story it is clear that she was cut from a different cloth from the outset. Her father's death rocked her family to the core, and though her mother was never the warm and cuddly kind, Ronda knew that she was loved and that her mother only wanted the best for her. In that way, I was reminded of my dad because even though it was not always what I wanted to hear, my dad was honest. He always knew what was best for us. If you were hooking up with some shclep, Dad was not quiet about it. He'd ask what the hell you were doing with that loser. When you become a parent, you realize so much more what your parents go through, and how their decisions are derived from wanting the best for you.
Most of us are weakened by simple aches and pains that we feel in our back, head, and toes. Ronda Rousey laughs at our perceived weaknesses; she'd dislocate a shoulder and still fight someone. I think the truth is that so much of what we endure makes us stronger, and the reason we hit rock bottom is because there is something there we need to find. Something about ourselves and our true strength can be found at the bottom of the barrel. That's the truth.
This book was read for book club, and I have a new-found respect for this woman. It didn't start out that way, but her story was an interesting one.