I remember when Warrior legally changed his name and what the reaction seemed to be with most who followed him. It was different and maybe unexpected but that’s how he was. There were all these rumors going around as to why he decided to make that decision and sometimes they never seem to go away. People are entitled to believe in what they want but devoted fans of Warrior’s understood his true reasons.
I admired him for having the courage to stand up and follow his authentic self. I agreed with his choice despite not fully comprehending it at the time. This became the catalyst for his future that affected his life, family, and fans. The Warrior family began their own journey with new beliefs and creeds that I totally commend them for doing. Sometimes, breaking with the “norm” is exactly how we need to be. There is no book telling us what we should do or how to interpret rules of the past.
Many times in my life I felt a sense of urgency to break away or begin again. I often was told by others there were things they never thought possible for me but my endurance proved them wrong! Some decisions will affect others but that shouldn’t make you feel like an outcast.
Feeling frustrated with sameness aches at me for change and it can be taken as being spiteful or ungrateful. This is not true but we can’t control others reactions. I have changed around holiday dishes, vacations, parenting skills, and not posting what’s expected on social media! I still incorporate old family traditions but mix in the new to create our own memories that make me proud.
The Warrior family made their own traditions despite society dictating what was acceptable. We are raised by parents who teach us values and traditions but as adults, we evolve into our own selves. There is no reason to abandon everything you were taught but our lives all go in different directions and that should be admired. It is difficult breaking away from patterns of the past but all of us should appreciate the guts it takes to do so.
Labels need to be removed so respect can take its place. Once we are able to do that, acceptance will become easier. We don’t always have to agree with everyone all the time and realistically, that’s impossible! We need to look past the initial reasons of change and search for the real meaning behind it.
My introverted nature has caused many to question my decisions that were never expected back then. I feel happier now removing that old, worn out, outdated childhood label. My family has started our own traditions much like the Warrior family began theirs years ago. Our choices may not be as dramatic as theirs but a new start is what we craved. Please remove anything preventing you from evolving into who or what you need to be. Once we break with old patterns that no longer serve us, we will create something new that will impact us forever.