Muhammad Ali ‘I Am Still The Greatest’ Essay Tribute
Muhammad Ali needs no introduction. We all understand the influence he’s irrepressible personality and awe inspiring fighting had on the world. A hero to millions of people, including myself. Former heavyweight boxing champion of the world, philanthropist and humanitarian.
I wasn’t alive to witness his career first hand, so I don’t think I’ll ever comprehend the incredible influence and greatness this man possessed. Nevertheless, it was emotional experience going through the many interviews and videos of him over his career to create this video tribute.
As a young athlete I always looked up to Ali’s fearless energetic character. I had this quote printed on my bedroom wall to read every day:
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
I never realised I was being inspired by his words until I only recently discovered the attribution belonged to Ali.
Ali donated a truly unique energy through his words. I’ve come to realize Ali was not only a champion and a incredibly relentless competitor, but a true poet. He crafted his words in a beautifully magnificent way that almost hypnotized the listener. His oration seemed too swift and effortless to be real.
But the more he talked the more you realized how brilliant he really was. Only in reflection have I come to understand this truth.
Unfortunately it is usually under the circumstances of death that we come to appreciate the full extent of a human being’s effect of greatness.
The legacy Ali left will go down for centuries. I don’t expect to be able to touch as many lives as he did. But I aspire to create a similar impact within my world before I’m gone. I hope I can one day impact someone enough to have them write about me upon my death, like I am doing of Ali. That’s the type of influence Ali inspires me live up to. Muhammad Ali has set the bar for the type of excellence and fearlessness that I strive for — that we should strive for.
I created this video to pay tribute to one of the greatest human’s to ever have lived. I hope I was able to pay him the respect he deserves.