Definition of FORTITUDE
for·ti·tude noun \ˈfȯr-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\
1: strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage
See that pretty lady on the right? Yep, that's tennis superstar Venus Williams. I got to meet her today at the official opening of the new Jamba Juice in Washington, DC (though, technically, I was their first customer on Saturday morning)! In my 20 seconds of time with her, I told her about my blog and how it's such an inspiration to meet someone who showed fortitude in the face of adversity. And then she asked me about my experience with adversity.
So, what kind of adversity has she faced? Sjögren's syndrome -- an auto-immune disease that has forced her to not only change the way she plays, but also the way she lives. If you've ever had a chronic illness or injury, you know exactly what it takes to summon up the fortitude to press on. I sure know I do.
It hasn't been easy for her. If you follow tennis, you know that she struggled this year at Wimbledon in the singles tournament, but that she fought back along side her sister, Serena, to capture the doubles win in straight sets.
Venus asked me who I wanted the photo made out to and I said, "I'm going to share this on my blog." And more than just sharing, I'm going to raffle it off.
How to win the signed glossy of Venus: leave a comment below about your experience with either adversity or fortitude OR leave a comment about how Venus' story has motivated or inspired you. I will use a random number generator to pick the winner by August 1st. Please leave a way for me to contact you -- such as a twitter handle or your email address. If you don't feel comfortable posting your email addres, email me a copy of your comment.