Muhammad Ali was inspiring in and out of the ring. The way he battled through life, and used his words to change the world was remarkable. Ali was able to battle through many forms of adversity in his life.
Ali was stripped of his world heavyweight title in March 1966, due to his personal and religious views on fighting in the Vietnam War. This would leave many fighters down and out in the ring and life permanently. Ali didn’t let this limit him. He came back several years later, and reclaimed his championship at The Rumble in The Jungle over George Foreman in 1974.
In 1984, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. This was a result due to the head trauma suffered in the boxing ring over his career. This did not limit Ali to motivating, inspiring and promoting change in the world. In 1991, Ali went over to Iraq during the Gulf War, and met with Saddam Hussein in an attempt to release American hostages. In 1996, Ali had the honor of lighting the flame at the Summer Olympic games. In 2001, when 9/11 took place; Ali went on TV to tell the world of not allowing the terrible actions of few to overshadow how beautiful the Muslim people and culture are.
Ali inspired people of all groups and generations around the world, including myself. 2016 has been a very challenging year for myself. I have had to do a lot of soul searching, and redefining of myself. I read many positive quotes and affirmations, including Ali’s “Impossible Is Nothing”. It was a game changer reading it, as it got me to not give up on myself and goals. Things have really turned around since for myself.
I heard of Ali’s death at 12:47 a.m on Saturday while at the grocery store. It was very sad to hear. I had a great respect for Ali as both a fighter and person.
We lost a really remarkable person this past weekend. We shouldn’t forget how Ali helped inspire people to become better, and inspire others to do the same.
One fan and admirer of Ali said it best on her Instagram account:
“Ali was loved by everyone, for his athletic prowess, his bravado, that adorable cheekiness that few have mastered, his activism, and the way he said screw Parkinsons. He came and made his mark, we all need to be inspired to do the same. We have one life.”
Thanks for being a great champion and hero in and out of the ring, and rest in peace Champ. You are truly the greatest!!