One loss is not failure: Ronda Rousey redefines confidence

Ronda Rousey was the 2015 queen of confidence. She was the badass woman who based her self-esteem on her immense strength. Yeah she was objectified for male viewers, but she was a role model for confidence. She wasn’t a do nothin bitch.

She didn’t let others define her self-esteem. Once you give someone the power to tell you that you’re great, you’ve also given them the power to tell you you’re not worthy. Once you start caring about others’ opinions, you lose control.

She was ambitious.

If you can’t dream big, ridiculous dreams, what’s the point in dreaming at all? Don’t be realistic in your goals.

She believed in herself, even when no one else did.

People want to project their insecurities on others, but I refuse to allow them to put that on me. Just because you don’t think that you could be the best in the world doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t have the confidence to believe I can do anything.

Last night, she was defeated by Holly Holm. Instead of saying that she had a bad fight or that she didn’t train enough, she was torn down.

First, people started with her appearance. Memes appeared instantly, mocking her bloody teeth and surprised face as she got a kick to the face. Was she supposed to look like a sex symbol even while getting knocked out? Has any many ever been objectified for his lack of attractiveness mid-punch?

Next, people tore apart her confidence. She was too cocky. She was a bitch. She shouldn’t have been so confident. Humility is great, but that’s not her. You can’t always be a strong, confident woman that is also meek and humble. Not every day is flawless. You can’t be perfect. So why does everyone expect others to be?

Ronda may just be a famous fighter, but everyone is paying attention. Instead of trying to tear others down, let’s encourage empowerment of everyone, even on their bad days.

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