If you are familiar with this blog, you’ve probably heard my thoughts on simplicity. I’ve long maintained that it is possible to excel physically with little or nothing. I have shared my own experiences as well as those of others. Yet regardless of how many stories I share, there will always be those with excuses to counter each example. If I say you need equipment, they’ll say they don’t have it. If I say you don’t need equipment, they’ll say they don’t have time. Whatever I say, there’s always an excuse.
Meanwhile, in other parts of the world. there are people who must literally fight to survive. Simple necessities such as food are never guaranteed. Each day is a struggle. And while I wish such poverty did not exist, to deny it would be ignorant. Poverty is real. There are people struggling throughout the world.
Yet amidst the struggles, you will often find young athletes doing everything they can to better their lives. It is these youngsters that truly epitomize hunger. Hunger in the literal sense and hunger to excel. A prime example of such hunger can be found amongst young Muay Thai fighters.
Below you will find part one of a documentary that captures the lifestyle. The remaining episodes can be found within this playlist.
Speaking as a father, it is sad to see these youngsters fight in hopes of providing for their family. I couldn’t imagine my own children taking on such a burden at such a young age. These young fighters have essentially been deprived of a childhood. I certainly don’t wish to glorify that life within this entry. Once again though, we also cannot ignore its existence. It is real.
And while many of us may never truly comprehend their struggles, I believe we can all learn from these young fighters. These youngsters train hard each day because there is no other choice. There is no time for excuses when survival is your priority.
Ironically, many people who are naturally more fortunate do not prioritize their own well-being. The real reason that most people are not in shape has nothing to do with lack of time or equipment. More often than not it is a matter of prioritization. We all make time for whatever we believe to be important. The least productive and most productive people in the world share at least one thing in common. They both operate within the confines of a 24 hour day. How we use each 24 hour block depends on our priorities. Do you invest time in bettering yourself or do you piss it away watching a mindless reality show? The choice is yours.
We all want certain things in life, but not everyone is willing to put in the work that is necessary to turn wants into reality. Personally, I am thankful that I do not struggle to survive like the young fighters of Thailand. I often remind myself however of the life that they live. Doing so helps me to stay humble and hungry. Bettering myself physically and mentally remains a priority. I try not to take anything for granted. If a young boy can train and fight with such tenacity, there is no reason that I cannot attack each day with similar vigor. These young fighters may never realize it but they inspire me to work harder.
If you really want something, it must become a priority. It must take precedence in your life. If you have time to follow what’s going on in the rest of the world, don’t tell me that you don’t have time to take care of yourself. Stop trying to find time and instead start working to make time. Once you prioritize your improvement, you will find a way.
No one will remember how bad you wanted it. They’ll remember what you were willing to do to get it.
“People don’t change, their priorities do.”