I really admire it when people do not limit themselves to one career path during their lifetime. After all, there are just so many things one can try and experience, and it would be boring and rather un-stimulating to wind up in a routine, doing the same thing day in and day out for decades. This is why I admire Muhammad Ali, for he was one of those people who managed to achieve so much in his life.
Here are 5 reasons I think he is really cool:
- His name was Cassius Clay before he changed it to Muhammad Ali after converting to Islam, both I think sound epic.
- He refused to fight in the Vietnam War, critiquing the USA’s foreign policy on it in public.
- He was good with words – in his pre-match interviews he would improvise and come up with witty rhymes to put down his opponents.
- He devoted much of his post-boxing life to humanitarian issues, campaigning against racism, segregation and helping various charities related to Parkinson’s disease.
- His daughter Laila also became a boxer.
Some of my favourite quotes by him:
“Don’t count the days, make the days count.”
“I’m young; I’m handsome; I’m fast. I can’t possibly be beat.”
“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
“A man who has no imagination has no wings.”
“Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.”
Photos from: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/gallery/2014/oct/30/muhammad-ali-25-best-photographs-cassius-clay-legendary-boxer