Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

-Henry Ford

Last night, I watched the highly anticipated return of Conor McGregor. Here is a guy whose life is under a microscope. And under the microscope his mistakes were magnified, not only to the public, but I’m sure himself as well.

He hadn’t fought since October of 2018. In between then and now, McGregor has been in and out of the news. Whether it be false allegations of being the father to another woman’s child, a video of him punching a man in the face at a bar, or sexual assault allegations. No matter how you feel about Conor, you must know how these struggles would weigh on even the strongest of minds. Even if some of them he brought on himself.

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Saturday night, McGregor took the octagon for the first time in over 400 days. The biggest star in all of MMA, love him or hate him. He came into this fight week calm, happy, and overall humble. He showed respect to Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and recognized him as a veteran in the cage.

But, I can’t help but to envision those darkest nights that Conor must have gone through. Who knows how dark they could’ve gotten, but he has said that there were dark times. Through all of that, he got his head back in the game, trained hard and dominated his opponent in the octagon.

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It just goes to show that when you are knocked down, no matter how far, you can rise back to the top again. McGregor had to sift through the depths of his mind, I’m sure, and find out what really mattered to him. And what he found was the love he held for MMA.

Whatever you are going through in life, whatever happened that knocked you so far down that you can’t see the way up: There is a way up. Find out what really matters to you, search those deep depths of your mind and find out what really matters in this life. When I find myself doubting or questioning something that I really want, I ask myself “Will I regret not doing this when I am on my deathbed and thinking back on my life.” If the answer is yes, then there shouldn’t be anything in this world that keeps you from doing that thing. Because, when this life is over what are we, but the things we did while we were alive?

I think I’m kind of rambling now, but I am inspired by deep perseverance, especially in the face of so many people that want to see you fail. Keep going!

Published by Jacob Fite

My name is Jacob, I'm 30 years old and currently serving in the USAF. Born in Sheridan, Arkansas, USA. I love writing poetry and stories. My first completed story, The Drip can be found here on my blog.

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