Judge me.

To the woman dressed head-to-toe in a $300 color coordinated track suit and matching headband who refused to enter into discussion with me because she judged me as unworthy for conversation about athletics due to my lucky shorts with a gaping hole in the waistband, baggy tank, and Tom’s,

To the man weightlifting at the gym who directly ignored me when I offered to give technical advice, only to approach me two days later to inform me he’d Google’d my name and now would love to hear some tips,

To the older woman who muttered crude and degrading words under her breath and shook her head in condemnation of the shorts I wore in the grocery store post-training,

To the girl who labeled me as an “attention whore posting sexually explicit pictures on Facebook for validation,” in an anonymous email,

To the past boyfriend who declared me hypocritical and unfit to call myself a “strong woman” because of my willingness to adapt my behavior and make sacrifices,

While I would like to simply reply with, “Do you even lift, bro?” I realize that judging an individual on how much they lift or cannot lift is just as bad, so I will respond to each of you with this…

Judge me on my character.
Judge me on my morals.
Judge me on the respect I have for others.
Judge me on how I treat others.
Judge me on the respect I have for my self.
Judge me on my willingness to evolve, change, and grow.
Judge me on the quality of the human being that I am.

Do not stop “judging,” but please judge me on these things instead.

Sincerely,
Sam

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Photo by Tiffany Alanori

8 comments

  1. Josh   •  

    You are the epitome of what I want my daughters looking up to, or anyone’s daughter for that matter. If everyone could push through the B.S., the whole world would be full of superheroes. That’s what makes people like you so special, Sam. Continue doing what you’re doing. The whole world will be in love with you soon enough, because only you can determine what that phrase “pixie strength” really means, and where it comes from. I have a feeling that a majority of it comes from your heart. :)

  2. Ivan   •  

    Wow… you are amazing…
    a hug from México

  3. Lascelles Ellis   •  

    That should be on a tshirt! That would be great, in theory but we all know that people judge according to what’s convenient to them. People instinctively draw you into their world view, as limited as it might be. Those who seek beauty and inspiration will ultimately find it in anything. For the rest of us, well….good luck in life. Keep on doing you and thanks for the inspiration.

  4. tigross   •  

    Just stay as you are and get stronger ignoring all the bullshit along the way. I feel comfy in my old torn shirts and discoloured shorts. I`ve worn them all those year through all those trainings that got me to where I am today. Buying stuff to wear for a few hundred $ won`t make me perform better, even if some look like they believe it.
    Keep your head high and train hard ;)

  5. Samuel Ceridon   •  

    Well then…

    Is it OK if I judge you based your first name as well?

    Sam…what a poor name. Nothing but trouble comes from a person who’s named Sam.

    That…and strength in self.

    Don’t know you well enough to say I’m proud of you. But I do know something about being judged when trying to do something I believe in. For that alone, you have my respect.

    When you feel beat down because of the naysayers, remember there are a lot of people who do believe in you…most importantly you. May you never lose that.

    – Sam

  6. mario valtierra   •  

    u r an amazing gorgeous person samantha even though i may never meet u in person u have my respect sam because all of us r who we choose to be peace and good luck on american ninja

  7. Josh   •  

    Been there, know the feeling. If they don’t want your time they’re not worth your time.

  8. Kilian   •  

    I’m so glad there’s still people in the iron game with integrity; people like you, Brooks Kubik, Mark Rippetoe, et cetera. In a world where people around the globe train to boost their shallow ego, people such as you are a sight for sore eyes.
    Keep doing what you do!

    Kind regards,
    Kilian Biscop

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