Ronda Rousey’s Comments Are a Reminder of the Dangers of Misplaced Self-Worth
This week, MMA superstar Ronda Rousey visited The Ellen Show to discuss her surprising (and first ever) loss to Holly Holm late last year. After breaking down the details of the fight itself, Rousey made a somewhat shocking admission: In the hours following the upset loss, Rousey said she was so distraught, she contemplated suicide.
Honestly, my thought in the medical room, I was sitting in the corner and was like, 'What am I anymore if I'm not this? Literally sitting there thinking about killing myself. In that exact second, I'm like, 'I'm nothing. What do I do anymore? No one gives a s--- about me anymore without this.
Even though she said that not long after the breakdown she saw her boyfriend and said, “I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive,” it’s still a heartbreaking story. In the course of a couple of hours, Rousey went from one of the most respected, famous and successful athletes of her generation, to someone momentarily grappling with suicide.
Of course, depression and suicidal thoughts are serious, complex issues. (Often, biological factors cause "major" depression and block healthy brain functions that can contribute to suicidal thoughts. And, for people who struggle with suicidal thoughts there are people who there to talk to and counselors eager to give you the help you need).
Rousey says that, reflecting on the loss and its aftermath, the most difficult part was the was what she perceived as a lack of self-worth.
It’s hard to overstate just how popular and successful Rousey has been. Not only had she never lost a UFC fight, but most of her matches only last seconds before she was able to defeat her opponent. As Fox Sports noted, prior to the Holly Holm fight, Nielsen entertainment ratings found that she had “the same endorsement potential as Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James.”
Seeing someone known for her toughness and confidence breakdown when discussing the distress of a single loss is hard to watch. Rousey is grappling with more than just losing her championship belt. Momentarily at least, she said she believed she was “nothing” because the one thing she worked so hard for—being a champion—was taken from her. “What am I anymore if I'm not this?” Rousey's statements show the dark side of placing self-worth in personal accomplishments—and, ultimately, temporal things instead of eternal hope in a God who made us in His image.
Thankfully, she now seems to be moving on from the loss. Rousey says that she is planning on an eventual rematch with Holms.
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