I was recently asked this question by a good friend who I respect very much and felt it was Blog worthy.
First, I will give you the exact same answer I gave him. I can say Boxing is my one true love. As far as meaning the world to me, my answer is no. Nothing means the world to me more than God and my Faith in Him. No matter what has happened in my ten years in this sport, boxing has always been there for me when I needed it. Dealing with ending relationships, friendships, family crisis, sickness and injury. God and Boxing have always been there for me, in that order.
Some may ask what about family or friends? For me in my life right now my priorities in order are, God, Boxing, Family, Friends. At this point in my life I am able to put boxing second to God because I do not have a family of my own. I am single, with no children and pursuing my dream. My parents understand that boxing has to come before them because boxing is an extension of me. Boxing does not define me, but it is an extension of what makes me Maureen Shea.
I have a VERY small circle of friends. I have lost many along my career. Some just couldn’t understand what I do or deal with the type of friendship I can provide. The friends who are still in my life know I am a good friend and am there when I can be. Still, boxing has to come before them and they love, respect and support me for it. I have missed family weddings, births of friend and families children, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and vacations because I choose to put boxing first. Is it hard at times, YES, but I have been blessed with such a wonderful group of people in my life that give me that extra strength and reminder of what I am working towards.
Boxing is an independent sport. But it is also a lifestyle. For boxers, we don’t technically play our sport. We aren’t on a field where we can pass a ball to a teammate, or have someone clearing the way for us so we can make a layup. I personally feel boxing is the most physically, emotionally and psychologically demanding sport in the World. Boxers don’t have “off Seasons”. We have a period of down time which is minimal. Most fighters do not get a few months notice of their fights. Some have to be ready for when an opportunity arises. Also, some fighters have fights fall through for whatever reason. I personally have been through this recently. And I can say it is NOT easy. We push our bodies and minds to a limit where we ‘peak’ just in time for a fight. When we reach this peak and fights fall through a day before or a week before it is to take place, we have to step back and remain composed. This is where, I believe it is vital for a fighter to have a solid support system behind them, but it all begins with their character, and choices, as individuals. The best way I can explain it is, boxing is like a rollercoaster ride. Training is equivalent to the rise of the coaster to the highest point, it moves slow and steady up the track, constantly climbing. The fight is when the coaster reaches the highest point and drops down to the plunge. When a fighter trains for a fight and never reaches that plunge, it can physically, emotionally and psychologically toy with them. A fighter needs a solid foundation of Spiritual Faith, coaches, friends and family to fall back on in these moments.
For the second part of the question: Do you mean the World to Boxing?
I can’t say I mean the World to boxing. My Faith in God, and boxing, along with my character has brought me to a place where many different people look up to me and admire what I do and how I do it. I hope through my career, to touch people’s lives, to inspire them and show them that you can achieve anything you put your mind to. Even when things don’t go as planned, there is always a way to keep on climbing and persevering towards your goal. Boxing is a gift from God and what I do with it is my gift back to Him.
Is it hard at times? YES. More than anyone could imagine. But that’s what makes it such an achievement. I personally try to focus on the goal and not the obstacles that come my way. I too have my moments of fear, depression and disappointment. Those feeling let me know I am human. I firmly believe it is how you decide and try to overcome those struggles and tough moments in order to reach the ultimate achievement, human growth. My Faith, other inspiring athletes, along with some great people I have in my life, helps me to keep the devotion and belief in myself and my goal. What are my goals you ask? That’s a topic for a whole separate Blog, so stay tuned and thank you for taking the time to read. God Bless!
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