In her first interview since her very public defeat in November 2015, Ronda Rousey shared some very private news: that she contemplated committing suicide.  Sitting with a famed talk show host, the tough woman known for being on top of the Mixed Martial Arts world spoke about her ultimate failure in her loss to fellow fighter Holly Holm.

I’m going to be honest and say that I know next to nothing about MMA fighting. I don’t follow the fighters, don’t pay the huge fees to watch the fights and have no idea how they count points. But I can tell you that I knew Rousey’s loss was a big deal.

Fighters are often known for their tough exterior and honestly, they make losing look easy. It’s not often you see the emotional side that shows how they really feel- which is depressed and humiliated, to name a few. To say I love Ronda’s complete candidness as she sits with host Ellen, is an understatement:

Rousey’s entire interview was real, and you can tell by how uncomfortable she was. It was not easy for her to talk about and relive her failure, and isn’t that true for most of us?

We’ve all heard the copious amounts of quotes about how failure is a part of life, but we don’t really look forward to it. We don’t jump for joy when it happens and it usually takes us some time to be able to look back on failure with admiration. From a young age we are told we don’t always get what we want, and deep down we know it to be true- as much as we hate to admit it.

One indisputable fact is that you cannot have successes without failure. You wouldn’t even know how to define a success without experiencing what it was to not succeed.

How you define your own failures is up to you, but I think Rousey had a great moment of inspiration when she said:

“I’m still undefeated. Being undefeated is a choice.”

Will part of your definition of failure be giving up? Or you are getting back in the ring?

Karly Wood

I’m a born and bred Southern California native who will likely never leave our gorgeous weather and beaches. I’m currently the Editor for LifeAsMama.com. I get to share my life with my husband of 10 years and our beautiful, 3-year old daughter. In my free time you’ll catch me cheering for the Dodgers, cooking, baking, reading, crafting and probably watching a little HGTV.


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