Hey there warriors! Happy 2021 to all of you. 🎉 This year WILL be better than last but shouldn’t they all be anyway? We can create our own impact over these next twelve months and beyond but what will be just yours? I’ve mentioned legacies before or people with children wanting to one day leave for them something memorable. Let’s focus on this a little different though.
All of us, yes ALL of us do and will create a lasting impact specifically and may not even realize we are. I’m gonna play the numbers game again with me and Warrior. You can have your comparisons also if they work. I’ll reference those twelve months that make up a year just like the above1️⃣2️⃣. Technically, the Ultimate Warrior character was really only with the then WWF for four total years. Yep, only 4️⃣. I’m not counting his start in late 1986 (I believe) but from television on. You can stretch it to five because of in house shows as Dingo Warrior but the bulk of us fans knowing him was four total years. He did some comings and goings but from 1987-1990 all twelve months being four years.
My favorite time teaching was from 1991-1995 but I didn’t start until September. A little over four years for me but still very close. Four years for us both and creating such an impact.
Warrior knew he’d make an impact as did I but none of us totally knows just how or for the duration of our lives. When caught up in the fame of wrestling, it becomes a whirlwind of energy performing, meeting fans, and going from show to show. As a teacher, I’d have these lesson plans, teach them, and deal with all that little children brought on. It isn’t until someone physically thanks you for your impact and utters words that will forever resonate to your soul.
I’m attaching this video of an Italian man meeting his hero the Ultimate Warrior or Warrior at an event. It’s one of my favorites. If you are anything like me, tissues will be a must. THAT is the impact we make without truly realizing it. I had parents and kids say the sweetest things and was so young to fully grasp it back then. It’s stepping away and gaining that new perspective perhaps many years later which will bring in your humbleness.
I’ve had two stories about women who realized my impact and I was too oblivious to even notice. Years ago in high school, my best friend was totally opposite of me. She was outgoing, full of a million different career ideas, and always seemed to have a boyfriend. I was never jealous but just wanted a little of her confidence. I would give her advice but she rarely took it.
Flash forward about a dozen or so years later and we had still kept in touch. By then, our lives were very different as she had multiple jobs, 2 kids, and was going thru a frustrating personal life. I was happily married and stayed at home with my 2 kids. She throughly explained how jealous she was of ME and how I was there for my kids when she couldn’t be there for hers. I was the stable honest one even though I became bored easily. I loved staying home but had my moments. Can you say WOW! I never had any idea at all of her true feelings towards me. I saved that email for a long while. That is an impact right there.
Another time was during a yoga brunch of a few years ago. I sat with this woman as we exchanged some personal info about each other. After I went on about my blogs, book, website, working at home, volunteering at school, PTA, etc., she just stared at me. Sometimes I didn’t feel comfortable sharing some psychic gifts of mine and since I didn’t have a true “paying” job, it might not matter. She was wowed and said how awesome it all was. Her response to me:“All I do is work in a bank.” Needless to say, I was humbled yet again.
So, warriors can you relate your own wow moments of creating an impact? I bet you can if you think hard enough. Warrior was almost brought to tears with that fan and hugged him a few times. It can be either way that an impact is felt but again- until you hear actual WORDS, it might just become mundane or you feel like a robot. That’s probably how it was for Warrior back in his days of wrestling as is true for any of us caught up in an exciting opportunity. You go thru the motions but don’t get the impact until later on. Your impact will affect someone else just like theirs will affect you. Warrior’s did for me but I really was unaware of little ‘ol me affecting anyone. I’ve had a few people reach out concerning my work now and it means a lot, it truly does. I’m not saying to leave a comment instead of just a “like” but when we take the time, that impact is felt.
Create your impact but also thank those that have impacted you in your life. Let’s make that part of this new year of 2021. We had quite the impact last year but we need the good, we really do. The little things add up to bigger ones so never underestimate your impact at all to anyone.
*** I’m so excited to plan a DREAMS video as part of a series with my published author cousin soon! We will create quite the impact am sure with that topic. It’s coming…
Make it count warriors. Your impact leaves an ultimate mark however it is felt. 💪🏻💚
*** Here is the video from HOTSHOTfilms. This was at WrestleSlamUK, 2/9/08.
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