***Before today’s post: Yet another YouTube situation. It seems Andrew William Wright’s documentary on Warrior called: “I Stand Alone” has been removed. So, for whatever reasons, it is no longer available. My apologies to any of you searching…
Alright, I know. That photo above of the Ultimate Warrior was not when he was a “champion” with a belt or title reign. I specifically chose one that wouldn’t depict being a champion in that way. It’s hard to believe I’ve never “wrestled” with this topic really. I probably have mentioned it multiple times or when referencing winning but not in the way it will be presented today.
The literal meaning of a champion is being the best and then having some sort of object to show off after a big win. We know this with all that sports and entertainment brings. You may even have your own personal collection of school related items that prove you won something as a champion. We tend to use stuff to equate with being the champion in our field of expertise. Ribbons for just participating just don’t cut it in our minds, do they? Why is this? Well, it’s all those societal rules and someone has to be on top to get rewarded. Guess what? In all this, it’s every one of us.
You read that right. We are all champions at different aspects of our lives. Sure, maybe you may get some recognition for a position you’ve attained and that should be celebrated. Hard work will earn that for you and we shouldn’t eliminate accolades. What I’m saying is that every person is a champion or at least I hope you agree. Maybe we don’t always make the best decisions or have regrets since none of us are perfect. A champion believes in themselves and doing good everyday. You may not even realize how you are one until it gets pointed out. Kinda like creating your impact of a few weeks ago.
What kind of champion are you? We need to champion ourselves and others by being the best we can. There will be mistakes but I know you will look at an experience and find what made you a champion. Was it that kind word to a stranger? Maybe it was that game you played with your kids? It doesn’t have to involve your actual paying job. Even after wrestling, Warrior continued on being a champion with his impassioned speeches most of all. Yes, he had other ventures but wanted his messages known and he did just that. Believing in yourself was it and still is to this day. If he even got one person to “always believe” in themselves, that was being a true champion. We all need to fight for those causes most dear to us in whatever way works.
If you need inspiration, turn to music. This might sound crazy but it works for me so why not? Look to all those songs that mention being a champion. They may invoke competition but it’s the FEELING behind a song, remember? I happen to love “We are the Champions” by Queen. I do think of Warrior with some lyrics as being bittersweet. The song “Roar” by Katy Perry also invokes being a champion. Whatever gets you motivated to get out there and make a difference, do it! We were born to be champions and your way will look different from another. Think also of virtues and many have I blogged on here. I can think of plenty that involve being a champion like honesty, integrity, a good character, respect, and so many more. Take those virtues and apply them to being a champion always.
It may be difficult to not feel pressure coming from all sides but you need to believe that what you do matters. Your life as a champion really does count. You may not be that exact champion who follows their own set of rules like someone else above but prove it your way. Being a champion isn’t always about winning some materialistic keepsake ( although they are nice to have.) It’s about using your perspectives, voice, beliefs, and actions to empower your own sense of self and others. It also isn’t just using your body like wrestlers do but using that brain and most importantly your heart you have been given.
As parents, we will certainly champion our kids in every situation. That gets them believing in themselves because they should. You don’t need to be a huge humanitarian or philanthropist to become a champion either. It all starts small with little things as I always stress. It begins in our homes and then moves outward into classrooms where teachers assume the champion role. Then, it expands into business and careers or even just living within our everyday lives.
So, warriors- how do you see yourself as a champion? Don’t look to the titles or belts like that of pro- wrestling but go within yourself and those virtues you possess. Use them to be a champion in whatever stage of this precious life you are in. Most of us won’t do those huge memorable acts known throughout the world but we can champion our own corner of the world.
It is in all of us if we just take the time and reflect on what the word champion truly is about. The Ultimate Warrior was a champion back then but we are champions of today. He is remembered and we will also be. It’s all up to you and how being a champion is brought to life by your own abilities to be one. 🙋🏻♀️😉
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