There is a show on tv now about women strawweight (115lbs) fighters. They are the best of the best... some were picked due to their fight records, the others had to go to "tryouts" and were picked based on the skills displayed there.
The fighters are put onto two teams, each coached by different men and they all live in this house... it reminds me of an MTV reality show... ugly. They train and they will fight each other until there is one ultimate winner - the UFC Strawweight Champion.
We DVR'd it... I watched 2 episodes and decided to delete, delete, delete.
I get it's supposed to be entertainment... but good grief. Are we at the point where all the crap...the drama, trash talk, anger, crying, negativity, hate is so freaking entertaining? I really hate reality tv like this.
I liked watching the training - I liked hearing the women's back stories..it's not something a ton of women are flocking to and I want to hear how they got involved, why they stayed with it, what they get out of it, what challenges they face. And I liked watching the fights - I want to see how they defend, how they go offensively, how things are scored... the ebb and flow of a real sporting event.
I enjoy seeing muscular women because you just don't see them every day and while I don't get that much shit about it any more... I got SO. MUCH. SHIT. from co-workers mostly when I started getting muscles. So I watch and I like seeing other women who train and have muscles.
After watching the 2nd show I found myself having that black cloud of negativity and wondering if I should be doing this and if I was cut out for going to a muay thai class....
Decided YES. I AM. I am having fun, I am fit, I am strong and will get more fit and more strong where I need it if I am lacking for this new endeavor. I don't think you have to hate your opponent... it's no different than a soccer game or basketball game... you go up against an opponent, there is a winner and a loser, you shake hands and it's nothing personal. You go back home and figure out what you need to work on if you lost and you work on it... like ANY OTHER SPORT.
So yeah --- delete. Don't need the drama, the negativity, the hate. There is enough of that in the world. I can learn how to fight and remain cheerful and have fun doing it. I'm not freaking Rhonda Rousey and I have no aspirations to be.
I liked a post by Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu who is training and fighting muay thai in Thailand. She was speaking to how the children begin fighting young and it's a way of life for them and it's why the Thai are such great fighters. She talked about a girl she works with (I think she is 12?) who is very serious but lights up and laughs a lot when fighting because she loves it so much and it brings her joy. And she talked about a boy (younger - maybe 8?) who, even when faced with someone much larger or skilled than he is, goes at it 100% and throws himself in.
She ended her post saying to be more like them... and THAT is what motivates me. Not the "entertainment" of tv producers driving hate, the tearing down of others, the anger...
It's the the SKILL and the JOY that comes from moving well, getting stronger, learning skills, knowing a sport and figuring out how to be better.