on Rousey, identity, and meaning in life
Ronda Rousey's stunning MMA loss-- and her post-fight struggles-- are interesting on many levels. But in particular, I'm struck (again) by the (very) mixed blessing of "gifts" and success...
Gifts and success can be connected improperly to identity. When gifts or success fade/disappear, "we don't know who we are".
Gifts and success often confuse on why people like/love us. "Do people want to be with me because I'm beautiful, smart, wealthy-- or because they want to be with me?"
Gifts can be idolized over the Giver, leading down paths of narcissism and independence.
Prayers for Rousey that she finds Jesus and grace.