After a brutal setback, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Especially if, like Ronda Rousey, you've just had those very same lights knocked out of you. With a kick. To the face.
But, she shouldn't worry. We all have tools we can use to help inspire us, and cinema is one of them. Here are five fictional characters that Ronda, and all of us, can learn from. They each offer their own, interesting insight into the process of returning from setbacks and turning suffering into something positive.
Read on and be inspired:
1. Rocky Balboa
Is there a better cinematic inspiration than Rocky? Sylvester Stallone's film teaches us many things about life, but above all else, it teaches us to never give up. Keep fighting. Even if you've had your face smashed to a pulp. Even if you're p*ssing blood and can't stand up without seeing stars – don't give up.
For Ronda, here's a quote from Rocky Balboa. Yes, it's the most recent in the series and definitely not the best, but feast your eyes on these words of wisdom. Try and read without fist pumping the air and screaming "yeeeaaaahhh!!"
"It ain't about how hard you're hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!"
2. The Bride - Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003)
"That woman deserves her revenge and we deserve to die." -- Budd
After sustaining injuries that require plastic surgery, Ronda may be considering how she can enact revenge on her opponent, Holly Holm. Look no further than Kill Bill Volume 1.
Revenge is a dish best served cold. Just ask The Bride (Uma Thurman). She waited four years to carry out her sweet, sweet vengeance. I say waited, she didn't have much choice, but still – look no further for a role model. Although admittedly a slightly barbaric and violent one. But this is UFC we're talking about...
3. Bruce Wayne - The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
"Make the climb...as the child did. Without rope. Then fear will find you again."
So, you end up in a place known as "worse than hell on Earth." Most people would lose faith. But not Bruce Wayne. Which is impressive, considering he'd just had his ass kicked by Bane, was severely injured, and faced spending the rest of his days in "The Pit."
Only one person had escaped "The Pit" before. To do so required climbing the seemingly unclimbable well-like structure. Was Batman going to sulk? No. Was he going to give up? No. Instead, he took the leap (metaphorically and literally), escaped, and managed to bounce back, better than ever.
4. Kenny - South Park (1997 - present)
"Oh my god... You killed Kenny! You bastards!"
How could you possibly put together a list of people who've effectively bounced back, and not include Kenny from South Park? The guy has come back from the dead 103 times. I'd say by anyone's standards, that's pretty impressive.
What lessons can Ronda take from this? Persistence, for sure. But Kenny also provides a valuable lessons on facing fear. He's been killed more times than he can remember. But that doesn't stop him from taking on death, and winning!
5. Aron Ralston - 127 Hours (2010)
Ronda may be feeling like there's no way back, but humans have an innate ability to prevail in even the most testing of situations. 127 hours illustrates testing as in you-need-to-chop-your-very-own-arm-off-with-a-blunt-knife-and-no-anesthetic testing.
Just look at Aron Ralston, who was trapped in a remote canyon in Utah for, you guessed it, 127 hours. What's almost beyond belief is that this actually happened. This is a great story for highlighting just how important it is to persevere and maintain hope in even the most challenging of situations. But it also tells us that sometimes the only solution is most definitely not pretty.