My Skinny Strong Warrior

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Most of the time it’s my daughter who embodies warrior traits but this time, it is my son. I guess in some ways I was overlooking the obvious with him being a “young man” but rarely did anything fit until this past year. My son resembles Warrior with being ” a skinny kid not into sports.” He dabbled in t-ball, soccer, and basketball and loves playing at home but competitively on a team is a challenge for him.
We decided to put that aside and just concentrate on his schoolwork. Last year he was struggling in Social Studies with the units of ancient civilization. Once he did poorly on some tests, Mom help was needed and I really learned a lot too.
Most of these cultures had people who fought many battles in wanting to overthrow a government they disagreed with. They were warriors and one of his vocabulary words was warlord. Reminds me of WMVII with the “warlord looking up to the heavens…” I loved his textbook but had no idea every chapter depicted warriors in some way. His teacher even made him a warrior in a game when all of his friends were a different class of people like merchants or peasants.
He actually felt pretty proud of that and his next few tests showed much improvement. It also became so empowering for me to remember learning and to see my son grow in his knowledge. The warriors and their battles balanced out with the people of India and their meditation. Both equally important in their own way. All warriors know this.
When the new school year began last fall, it was time for different challenges. My husband decided to focus again on possibly working out this skinny yet strong boy of ours. He bought a beginner’s workout bench with smaller weights. My daughter is also interested so we’ll see what happens. They all worked together assembling the pieces and were excited to get going. My husband still uses his workout bench from high school and wanted to start our son with something new. He seems so young to me in 7th grade but he does have muscle in those arms!
This does very much make me think of Warrior and maybe he can be my son’s inspiration working through his Dad. Even though I usually see my warrior girl in things she does, this warrior boy– almost man could be finding his destiny like another skinny kid back in the day. Who knows what he will do but this Mom is behind him always. πŸ‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ’™πŸ’ͺ🏻

~~~ I would love to hear any stories about how Warrior has inspired anyone then and now. Also, any spirit intuitives who have experienced signs like mine are most welcome! We can all support each other with lots of feedback… You can also follow me on twitter @kpdlphn5.
Lots more Warrior inspired writings coming up!!

The Homework Diary

These next few posts involve my son who is having a milestone birthday next week!!
~~A few years ago my son was in 5th grade and at this age many of his homework assignments were online. He had to read this story for Language Arts and answer the questions. This is his weakest subject so Mom to the rescue!
By this time in the evening I was getting tired and didn’t want to help him at all. He told me he read the story but couldn’t figure out the symbolism or metaphors. I complied knowing this was right up my alley– can you tell?? Once I read the first sentence, I was intrigued. The boy’s name was Jim– how fitting.
Jim’s parents were divorcing and he and his mom might need to leave their house. He wasn’t interested in much so his mom asked for help with a church book drive. The boy went but still had lingering sadness. After some time, he found a diary that he knew didn’t belong. Jim noticed a name and address inside and had to return it to its owner.
His mom didn’t understand but knew he had to see this through. He did find the girl and she was so happy her diary had been returned. She told him if she could go back in time and talk to her younger self she’d say that even though times might seem rough and bleak right now, it will change and get better. Jim took her message to heart for how his life was going. He felt better than he had in a long time and applied her words for himself. β€πŸ““
By this time I was hiding my tears from my son who sat on the couch just waiting for answers. It is difficult when you have a homework assignment that is above your literal way of thinking which is how his brain works. I explained the story of course but couldn’t help thinking I needed to read these words online in order to process my feelings about Warrior’s passing. πŸ˜”I almost didn’t help him at all, boy am I glad I did. This story was deep for a 5th grader, especially a boy. Don’t we wish we could go back in time to talk with our younger selves and say you will get through the tough times….
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My Wild Warrior Hair

When I was born my hair was pretty much non-existent, almost bald really. My three siblings all had a head full of hair but not me. My kids were almost baldys and yet inherited my thick hair as they got older. Finally, it started coming in very thick and long. The thickness pulled my ringlets right out but I still find them after a shower when it’s wet. My daughter will sometimes stare at my unruly mess of locks and say:”why is your hair so…crazy?”
I must admit I had Warrior hair a few years in high school, heck it was the 80’s after all! I wasn’t trying to copy him, mine just did what it wanted and was hard to tame. That does sound familiar, doesn’t it? Some days I love this thick mass of hair I was given but some days I want to cut it real short which just isn’t me. I’ve had my hair super long like Dana’s but mine tends to go outward so I need it a little shorter! Wish I could have it like that again…. I am reminded of lots that happened to Warrior and how some events were great and then just the opposite. My emotions for him in some way parallel how I feel about my hair even though that sounds nutty! πŸ˜‚
Hair has a way of growing back even after we chop tons of it off. He would leave, I’d get frustrated but then return stronger than ever. My stylist once told me that no matter how much she cuts off or thins out, my hair will always be thick with so much body. What used to be such a frustration for me at times has now become more manageable like my feelings for Warrior. He is always there and fan though I am it is different now, much easier to control. Guess my hair has become that way for me as well.
Just like I never knew my hair would be so different than my brother or sisters, I also never knew I would relate to Warrior and his wild ways years ago. Both seemed so out of control to me. I fought to manage my thoughts in order to bring a sense of “normalcy” in this life of mine.
Acceptance is easy when we are in control but very hard when we are not. My hair I’ve had ever since I was young and Warrior has become a part of that longevity too. I have learned to tame the untamable. Dana has said this about Warrior and yet it is true about him and my hair…. I know my wild warrior hair and Warrior himself will still be there no matter what I do.
~~~ My “funnies” are done for now, more emotion and spirit coming soon, stay tuned!!! πŸ˜‡πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸŽ’πŸ™πŸ»

The Fashion Craze

We all know the colorful clothes Warrior wore and how his sense of style was unmatched but in a way mine seemed to be too. I didn’t even realize it at the time. My favorite color always has been pink and still is long before Warrior or Dana showed their great taste! I never followed fashion trends or fads, just wore what was comfortable for me at the time. I didn’t care so much what other people thought.
When I was teaching it was so fun to match my shirt with earrings, socks, or hair ties. I even had a co-worker tease me about it so then it became funny to add accessories on purpose! 😜Warrior wanted and needed to stand out to be different professionally but for me it was never meant as an attention seeker. I was just expressing myself and my unique style.
Sometimes all of his gear didn’t match and mine wouldn’t all the time either. Like him, I just loved color and wanted to show it off.
Nowadays, I even paint my nails different colors sometimes since one color seems so boring anymore. Of course there were times I just wanted the comfy sweats and not the stylish jeans or the flats instead of the heels. πŸ‘ŸπŸ‘ πŸ‘‘ A few years for Halloween I dressed up as some guy characters which shocked so many! Yes, o.k., I was doing that to get noticed but had the confidence doing so.
It’s funny how us introverts can express style or fashion in such an outward way and yet still remain insecure about venting emotions. I have come so far with both of these and am always learning as I go. I need to remember how to stay a strong, confident warrior woman in everything since she is who I’m meant to be.
Fashions come and go, styles change, and colors mix or match. Through all this, one thing has stayed the same for me and that is being independent and not afraid to become my OWN trend setter. Followers? Maybe. But, at least I am fearless in being comfortable with my colorful self– just like Warrior would do.

P.S. The next few posts are kinda “girly” but I hope readers can still be inspired in their own ultimate way!! πŸ’–πŸŒΈ

Believe In Words

We have all heard the expression:”Actions speak louder than words” and while this is true, words do influence us whether good or bad. Obviously nobody wants to remember negative comments and we flock to the positive for inspiration.
I love Warrior’s acronyms of O.W.N.( One Warrior Nation) and W.O.W.(Words of Wisdom). He used alliteration a lot, even with his Injections of Inspiration videos. I have often used so many forms of figurative language in my writing whether in school or today. Planning is the key in writing or speaking as Warrior always showed us. This is why his legacy remains so strong.
He was brilliant with his interviews, promos, or even public speaking and not just bashing another performer before a match. His words became iconic and the ones I remember most were about life, spirit, and belief. He talked about things that no one had ever said before in a way which made us true warrior fans always remember even years later.
I can still recall teachers that impacted me in many ways with their words and most weren’t even about teaching or the subjects. They were about your life or future and how they believed you could succeed with anything if you really try. The most profound memories with words from teachers I have are yearbooks they wrote in so many years ago. I still can remember their words without looking them up.
As parents, we want to instill so much in our kids that it shouldn’t be:” in one ear and out the other.” We may not even realize how we are affecting them so we nag, criticize, or complain. Often times I need to slow down and really be conscious of what is being said. One day they will remember and I have to make sure my words are important.
Nowadays with my Warrior memories, I so enjoy listening to him. I always did anyway but there is so much more available now thanks to Ultimate Creations. What was mostly about him performing has become his speaking and for me I always believed in both. The words do make a difference and have so much power beyond any physical ability.

The Value of Honesty

Being an honest person is one of the best qualities someone can have. As I got to know more about Warrior’s character and who he really was, honesty seemed to be at his very soul. It became a virtue that was very admirable and yet so frowned upon. I like to think of myself as a pretty honest person and remember getting that pit in my stomach when telling a lie. 😯
Lots of people have said Warrior was honest to a fault– his best quality and yet his worst at times. I understand what this means. Don’t we all wish we could be 100% honest with everyone all the time? Can you just imagine how different this world would be? Most of us would hate it. Nobody likes to be criticized or risk the possibility of negative comments, we all want and need the good.
To be true with your own convictions and morals takes so much of your heart and mind. Sometimes it makes you feel isolated and distant with people, especially those you thought were your friends that had your back.
I can so totally relate in a way with how Warrior felt at times. I have lost friendships because of my morals and it is so unfortunate. I know how it feels to have people sell you out or end a relationship all because I didn’t do what they wanted. To stand by your own true self despite fall out or consequences takes guts and determination. I never had to go through what he did but on some level, I don’t cave either when it is something I firmly believe in.
My children know this about me with little things. As they grow, it will become more and more important with peer pressure, society, and age. They also know I can’t tolerate lying– it is the worst attribute you can have. Yes, we all have told white lies on occasion but when it involves your principles or beliefs, you stand your ground always.
As a parent, that is our duty to instill values in them that will last a lifetime. If Warrior has taught me anything and there are many things but we need to value honesty and know its purpose. Sometimes it is such a difficult task but as a warrior, it is a must in my life. πŸ˜¬πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’–

Creativity is Endless

There is no doubt in my mind that Warrior was one of if not the most creative performer in wrestling during his prime. Randy Savage started it and Warrior continued it in a much different way. Once I knew he was also quite the artist, it explained a lot and how creativity factored in with his character.
Often times we associate creativity with art and rightfully so but it is endless in anything we do. I always felt that in me but needed the right “arena” in which to express my creative side. When I was a teacher it was so natural for me to have fun decorating my classroom, coming up with new ideas, interpreting the curriculum, and even challenging authority for new ways of doing an activity.
This would carry over as I became a Mom. I loved creating games for my kids, making crafts, and just putting a new spin on classics I had as a kid. I remember turning over the Twister mat, cutting out numbers or shapes, and taping them on the back. Circles and four colors was fun but getting too easy for them.
Now, I have even been more creative with food since we need to challenge our taste buds as well. Meat, potatoes, veggies, or bread has often times been replaced with a skillet meal mixed with different colorful foods blended together. I love to do this and feel so accomplished whether it’s a hit or not.
We can and should be creative with anything that interests us and I know I recognized that in Warrior every time by watching him. Even in his personal life he was always looking for creative endeavors to challenge himself everyday. He used his talents and knew it was necessary in order to feel fulfilled. Sometimes it takes so long to find out what we can do but if we sit around and wait, nothing happens.
Being creative is in every person and Warrior wants all of us to find what makes our bell ring so the match can start! πŸ›Ž It is endless what we can do and how to make it work. The qualities of being a warrior are vast and creativity should be at the top of our game. πŸŽ¨πŸ€Όβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸ»