The Fighter

Here we are, is the break in round 968, one minute before we go again. We sit, we rest, we breathe…. deep breaths. We are tired, down, drained…. we think we can’t go anymore. When we are in that corner we feel overwhelmed, week, tired…. sometimes disgusted, sometimes hateful, sometimes miserable or annoyed. Sometimes we feel hopeful, forgiven, believers, dreamers or mere mortals. We can also feel alone, or usually, if we are lucky, feel the support and encouragement of all the trainers (your parents, your family) and the hydrating support of your water guy/gal (your spouse).

We listen to the instructions, we plan our moves, we try to stick to the plan… everybody speaking at once, everybody with an idea or/and advice. Then they are the sports commentators which feel they know exactly what you need to do to win (the therapists/the counselors); they will keep repeating it, like a broken letter. They are also the fans, those who are watching from around the ring. They have their own ideas about what is wrong. Some think you are done, that you should have never even tried, that you are a joke or a failure (the haters). Others root for you, have hope or even faith. They know you can regroup and recover and shout/show their support (your colleagues, your friends).

And those watching on pay per view, they have their own agendas or ideas. Some don’t even care and are only there for the entertainment, others really want to know the outcome even though they are not affected by it, and others do want the outcome to go one way or the other. They are still all one, all the same… disconnected, unrelated but still there; watching, paying attention, criticizing, judging; ready to pounce at whatever outcome (society).

This is the battle we face as humans, this is the the struggle we fight every single day, week, month and year. This is who we are, this is what we do, and this is what we face.

And after that minute (sleep) we get up and are ready for the other round!

Ding Ding Ding – Round 969


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  22 comments for “The Fighter

  1. Lauri Novak
    August 21, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Wow +Ricardo Williams this is amazing!

  2. Ricardo Williams
    August 21, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Thank you so much +Lauri Novak 🙂

  3. Anna Ryndak
    August 21, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Brilliant work!

  4. Ricardo Williams
    August 21, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Thank you much +Anna Ryndak

  5. Dave Edge
    August 21, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Your work is blowing me away, +Ricardo Williams. Keep up the fight!

  6. Paul Howard
    August 21, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Dayyyyum, buddy, fantastic!!!

  7. Ricardo Williams
    August 21, 2015 at 11:16 am

    +Dave Edge … thank you very much… means a lot coming from a creative mind like yours!
    Thank you so much my brother +Paul Howard … got to keep it real.

  8. Yvette van Teeffelen
    August 21, 2015 at 11:23 am

    +Ricardo Williams this is awesome, such a great image, love the pose, lighting, processing. Very cool!!!

  9. Jason Jakober
    August 21, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Love this dude!

  10. Elizabeth Hahn
    August 21, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Wonderful +Ricardo Williams​!

  11. Ricardo Williams
    August 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    +Yvette van Teeffelen thank you so much… glad you like it!! Trying out some new stuff 🙂
    Thank you very much +Jason Jakober Woot Woot!
    +Elizabeth Hahn thank you… glad you like it.

  12. Elizabeth Lund
    August 21, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Spectacular work, love it +Ricardo Williams

  13. Isabelle Cardinal
    August 21, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Oh wow!! This is awesome!!! Amazing job there +Ricardo Williams !!

  14. Creative Expressions Photography
    August 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I LIKE the photo very much but LOVE the words you wrote!

    Great job bringing both together …….

  15. Ricardo Williams
    August 21, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you very much +Elizabeth Lund
    Glad you like it +Isabelle Cardinal
    Thank you very much +Creative Expressions Photography I think the words help bring everything together…. the inspiration just came from nowhere!! I like it! 🙂

  16. Creative Expressions Photography
    August 21, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    +Ricardo Williams I'd like to borrow some of that mentioned inspiration!

  17. Nynke B
    August 22, 2015 at 12:46 am

    When inspiration flows, it's a wonderful feeling…. Fantastic work Ricardo! Both on image as well as words!

  18. Louis Zinser
    August 22, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Nice shot and very thought provoking words. Love the correlation/tie in of an MMA battle to life. Both feel much the same. Nice work.

  19. Rachael Switalski
    August 22, 2015 at 8:51 am

    You have a wonderful way of putting the struggles we go through daily into words. I think most of us don't take the time to step back and realize that each day is a struggle, a battle, to keep on. For some the struggle is harder than for others. I get up every day and fight the good fight because for me that's the only option. Thankfully, it doesn't usually feel like a fight. And it's wonderful to learn, as one grows older, that the watchers – the commentators, the non-supporters, the pay-per-viewers, they can be turned off, so all you see is your opponent (or your end goal, call it what you will) and the people who are in your corner. I am so thankful every day for that corner. When my own strength fails I can pull from them for the will to keep going. Thanks for making me think through this and be reminded of how grateful I am for the people in my corner.

  20. Ricardo Williams
    August 24, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Thank you so much +Nynke B 🙂 Glad you like the post 🙂
    +Louis Zinser Thank you very much… I like the way it turned out!
    +Rachael Switalski Thanks for your comment…. it is hard to always keep those things (and others) in perspective. If this post can help someone reflect, remember, realize… they that is great, it has served a purpose. We often forget that everyone is fighting a different battle, but a battle anyway! …… It is good to remember that despite all the haters and everybody else… we are not alone in our corner!! Thank you Rachael.

  21. Robin Cohen
    September 11, 2015 at 12:15 pm


  22. Ricardo Williams
    September 11, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you +Robin Cohen !

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