Youngest heavyweight boxing champion in history Mike Tyson has been on a transformative roll in recent times.
Since his fight, well, exhibition with Roy Jones Jr., Tyson continues to grow as a brand and a star around the world.
Long removed from his ferocious fighting days, now a more wise, humble and calm individual.
A survivor of life.
Speaking during a dark time for the world Tyson summed up life perhaps as well as any fighter in recent times:
The older you get in life the more you start losing stuff.
That’s just the way it goes.
Most people make grand plans for life while it passes them by.
Only noticing the stuff they lose or bad stuff happening when it happens to them.
Sometimes bad things happen to good people but it’s all part of God’s plan in the end.
Loss is an unfortunate but unavoidable part of life.
Particularly the loss of a loved one. It’s unexplainable perhaps in words.
That pain and grief never truly goes away in truth. You just learn to live with it.
You’d give anything to hear her voice when it comes to immediate family members for example.
Anything, anything to see that woman.
All the years hurting and abusing yourself with alcohol, substances and addiction never truly fills the empty hole inside, life just gets a little easier as time goes on and God gives you peace.
However as Tyson points out above it’s how you pick yourself back up again and again no matter what. Each time getting stronger and wiser.
Fight to the death and that’s it. Simple as that.
Helping yourself and others in doing so. Isn’t that what life is all about.
The journey of ups and downs to learn humility and respect for one another and never worrying about anything as in the end, we’re of no importance if not for God.
This life is short but eternity is forever.
Any professional fighter will tell you they fight for prizes. For money.
Patiently enduring until the end until the ultimate prize of all.
The prize of meeting loved ones and being reunited in heaven in the Kingdom of God.
Keep going. Never give up. Never stop fighting.
Following the son of God, Jesus Christ, can get you there.