Great things come when you fight for them. Some people in the world are privileged (we often use the term “lucky”) in life to have certain opportunities that others do not have. I believe one of the greatest privileges in our lifetime is education. The access to knowledge and understanding that allows us to make choices to better our own lives. When I stepped on the scale when I was in college and saw a dark pathway of morbid obesity, health problems, and a bigger lack of love for myself than I already had, I knew I had to do something. I didn’t know what to do, and I didn’t have the education I needed at that time. Thankfully enough, I was in a time and place in my life where I could access those resources. A gym, a weight loss program, enough funds to buy the food needed, and supportive people in my life. I understood the choices I made throughout the years (and the ones I didn’t make) that led to me a life of obesity, but I didn’t know how to move forward in my future. All I knew is that I needed to change something. I also did not realize how much I would have to fight for it because I thought I was just going to lose 10 or 15 lbs. and then be on my way. When you refuse to let the status quo be your story, that is the moment real change can happen. It is also only the beginning of a new story that is being told, a story of a fighter. Those who are “lucky” enough to have certain resources may have to fight a little less, but it does not make them any less of a fighter. Success has a lot of different looks, and some success comes without much fight, but that is the difference between success and transformation; a true fight. I have the phrase “Blood to Bone” (Gin Wigmore album) tattoo’ed on my body. It is a reminder that all things in life should be done with a visceral amount of passion and drive, all the way from the depths of our being. Our ability to fight measures our ability to transform.
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