Then and Now… ðŸ«¶ðŸ»ðŸ’ªðŸ»â˜ºï¸

How is it August already? This summer is going way too fast but guess when you’re crazy busy, it does. The topic today is so broad as it really applies to anything in our lives, doesn’t it? A million ideas come to mind for me but let’s concentrate on gee– I dunno, maybe meeting a famous person? Yeah, that works. I guess I was thinking of fans that possibly met the Ultimate Warrior when young (or any other celebrity) and then got another opportunity many years later. I know there are plenty of you out there and what a huge thrill that must be! Treasure those times… Oh, I didn’t come up with this title based on WWE’s slogan at all.

I would always wonder about those little boys or maybe girls who would get that chance and as adults, get another. Lucky ducks indeed! I have so many questions about their feelings then and now. When we are younger, we tend to just go with our parents and all is innocent. We’re just around but don’t truly know more about life, careers, education, and all that until we age. I’m sure several people had related to Warrior their chance encounters as youngsters and then seeing him again overtime with much that had changed. Back in the day, I’m sure it was extremely rushed meeting someone, getting an autograph, posing for a pic, and all that. Maybe today is still somewhat similar but fans definitely have much more time to interact with their favorite. The pressure of that career is over and it’s more on their own time. They aren’t feeling time moving quickly getting to another event so it matters more. I’m speaking of those not actively in their profession so much anymore.

That takes me into another similar topic of just approaching something differently as an adult compared to a kid. This still irks me… 😡 10 years ago as a wonderful early 40th birthday present, my husband fulfilled one of my lifelong dreams that was to swim with a dolphin! 🐬 I couldn’t believe how excited I was. We headed out to Seaworld in San Diego, CA for a really great trip that remains one of our favorites today. Then and now. My day had finally come and I have the photos to prove it! The group consisted of me and some young girls with a dad. It was a 12th birthday present for one of them so we had that in common. It started out great until those 12 year old attitudes came in. I get it, I was that girl once but NEVER would I ever complain at any age for an unbelievable experience like this.

The water is too cold, the wetsuit itches, it’s taking too long for my turn, WHAT? I literally wanted to clothesline both of them! I wanted my time with the dolphin to be longer of course but it’s all so rushed yet again… Their parents just spent money and time planning this huge event for them and they did not even seem the slightest bit grateful at all. This clearly was not a group I wanted to be in but had to suck it up as I’m sure Warrior would say. Wait, he DID say that but oh, another story that was… 😉 Maybe now those girls appreciate that time in their lives better or perhaps got to swim with a dolphin again, who knows? They were typical preteens but if dolphins don’t fully interest you, why do it? UGH, it just gets to me but it does connect with meeting someone famous as kids may not fully GET IT in the same way as adults which is understandable. Although, sometimes us adults act like those kids when interacting with someone in fame.

I have always said I’m grateful I was older when pro wrestling invaded my living room instead of just saying: “Yay, my favorite is on!” and that’s about it. No doubt kids would be devastated when something “bad” would happen to their guy (as it was then) so in that respect again, glad I was older. Even being a teen, I still was affected as some of you readers know but not in the same way as a young child would be.

Then and now. Boy, is that true for me~~~ especially regarding Warrior. I honestly can’t say for sure how I would’ve been having met him as a younger version of myself. I’d probably have been so introverted or wanting to hide as he would place his really large hand in my small one or reach out to hug. Can you say blank stare or no words? 😳 There’s always so much we want to say but can’t. How about that teen girl who did follow? She would’ve been a little different that’s for sure. I’d be having that smile that doesn’t go away while trying to remain calm. 🥰 The heart would be pounding (that’s happened too only in other ways… I digress) but this time words would come out of my mouth. I never even saw Ultimate Warrior perform but thinking more, my brother probably wouldn’t have wanted to sit anywhere near me! 😬

So, warriors~~~ what does your then and now look or feel like? Are there parts of you that would be exactly the same? I bet there are but we all grow in ways where our wiser selves respond differently. I think someone out there should make a few videos about this then and now concept with those celebrities including Warrior. Yes, I’ve seen a few in his videos but there are tons I know! Whatever your then and now is, keep those precious memories and pretty soon you’re now will become the next then...

*** P.S. Most recently, the facilitator of my book club decided to move back to Florida to be with some family. We had a small party for her and I will truly miss this Spiritual Earth Mother of mine. The night after the party, I had woken up in bed like I usually do around 3 AM. All of a sudden a few songs were in my head, one we sang that night. I immediately broke out in sobs laying in my bed. She obviously means a lot to me or we may have some kind of spiritual connection. I hadn’t cried like that in 8 years since Warrior had passed. You can read more about her story this week over at my other blog of: Spirit and Belief called: “A Heartfelt Goodbye.”

*** That site is also the title of my book which explores my beginnings in wrestling, psychic terms explained in a fun way, dreams, family stories, AND of course my spiritual connection to Warrior. His energy brought out my intuitive gifts so please check it out if interested. It’s on Amazon and other book retailers so please leave a review, I would greatly appreciate it. (: 📗

*** You can also find me on Twitter, YouTube, and I am in a U.W. fb group…

Author: Kathy Pickett

I'm a wife, mom of 2 and have always been a huge fan of WWE’s the Ultimate Warrior despite his passing. I created this blog to share my stories relating to him that happened years ago and some are continuing today with his Spirit alive and well! I hope some fans out there relate and enjoy my blog!!! Check out my book Spirit and Belief on how Warrior influenced me in spirit. It is filled with humor, family stories, psychic terms, following my intuition, and how anyone has natural abilities we can tap into or get discovered. New spiritual topics can also be found at my website: spiritandbelief.com

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