Sibling Warrior Shenanigans πŸ˜œ

Do any of you have a sibling that you just couldn’t be without growing up? Well, maybe not that far but one you’d laugh with, play jokes on, and just totally get along on anything! For me, that was my brother. We had similar personalities unlike my sisters and were just goof balls together. Without him, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed watching WWF (now WWE) much at all. We even had our own little banter during some of the matches. What fun days those were…

When Stephanie McMahon was interviewed back in 2014 for Warrior Week, I had another story. It’s being told today. The WWE network was showcasing many of the Ultimate Warrior’s matches and promos after his passing. She related how early in his career, he lived briefly with the McMahons. She mentioned Warrior showing her brother Shane some wrestling moves in their living room and became afraid he’d get hurt. I totally connected this to my brother. Shane and Stephanie are six years apart, my brother and I are one. He’s older~~ we are almost twins.

Right away, I remembered how it was for me. My brother had a best friend next door and his older brother wrestled in high school. So, this once scrawny kid had bulked up wanting to use his brother and mine to practice moves on in the yard. Well, my bro’s friend was very large for his age and despite the lack of muscle, could probably have taken on his older muscular brother. It was mine that I worried about. My brother was very skinny and had no idea about some “real” wrestling moves! I too was afraid he’d get hurt. Probably in a different way of course than Steph but am sure neither situation had a mat! πŸ€Όβ€β™€οΈ

That little memory led my mind to thinking the “what if…” game. This part is gonna “out me” a little where I will be making fun of myself somewhat. If we can’t do that, our skin is too thin! Consider this post a break from some of the serious ones of late πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‰ Most might know I was a teen when U.W. appeared on my T.V. Most might also know after a bit, my physical feelings kinda– well, blasted off like a πŸš€! We’ve all been there right? Who’s with me?

Anyways, I can just picture us being the McMahons with Warrior living at our house. As much as part of me would’ve LOVED that, the other part would be saying: “OMG,” while trying to hide somewhere! (Think Janice from the TV show “Friends.” ) My brother would totally have tons of fun at my expense. Picture this… We’re all having dinner together and he “arranges” for Warrior to sit next to me. Then, Warrior would only talk to me and ask all these questions while I’d blush and glare at my brother who looked so innocent… Maybe Warrior would’ve not gone along with this sneaky plan but knowing his humor, just once I bet he would!

They would possibly also practice wrestling moves in the living room as I’d watch from a distance. Warrior might’ve asked if I wanted to learn. Um, girls didn’t do that back then. Not really anyway. If my brother told him anything, he’d get punched later! How about just learning a bear hug? Another OMG moment as no way could I possibly do that!!! I thought of another idea for a three count BUT these two are enough to show our silly sibling relationship with such shenanigans. We have certainly evolved since then. My brother and I plus Warrior and I. Us sibs can still joke and laugh when we want even as adults.

I do hope Warrior enjoyed these past few weeks of me recreating my past what ifs to the McMahon Family. I can just hear him laughing even now as he knows my stories. So glad too to know how close Shane and Stephanie have always been. Can you fans just imagine all those wrestlers in and out of their home growing up? What a childhood! If you don’t have that sibling, perhaps there was someone along the way who you had or have shenanigans with. I am so grateful to have had mine. πŸ’™ “OMG!”

P.S. Don’t worry- I played tricks on big bro too so sometimes I’d be the instigator!!

P.P.S. When my brother would be singing Hulk Hogan’s “Real American” theme, I’d do the Ultimate Warrior theme music even LOUDER! πŸ’ͺ🏻⚑️

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The Magazine Maze

It’s week #2 of yet ANOTHER dream connecting Warrior to something in my life. This time it wasn’t teaching in the past but concerns the now in my present.

My spiritual group Harmonic Journeys hosts many events at the director’s home. How would her home involve Warrior? Let’s begin….

In this dream, I was arriving at HJ to attend a meeting. I am in a book club but no idea what event led me there that night. She has many things and I have gone for other classes sometimes. Her house was much larger and more suited to be a mansion instead of the historic charmer it truly is. Upon arriving, I saw many rooms all packed with people. She does want to expand but this space was filled!

For some reason, it became quite a labyrinth or maze leading me from one room to the next. I recognized a few people but never uttered a word to any. Some rooms were filled with laughter, food, talking, and other spiritual sessions. One room was silent as many sat in a circle meditating to soft music. The kitchen was smaller than most areas and I saw my director along with the facilitator of our book club. Their backs were to me but I continued on. No idea really if I was lost or just curious. Nobody ever greeted me but I made my way downstairs to the basement. That is when everything changed.

The basement reminded me so much of my aunt and uncle’s house as they have both passed now. What a great similarity as I was filled with such nostalgia. They were so many activities going on down there as that seemed to be the busiest area. The difference was that I saw kids- lots of them. My aunt and uncle’s house had a playroom for their many kids so this scene brought me happiness. I used to teach kids so it was very fitting.

I looked around and loved seeing all of the wonderful closeness experienced by this group downstairs. While making my way around the room, I saw some children seated around a table. There were adults nearby but these kids were well entertained. Such a different atmosphere than upstairs which seemed more structured with meetings. The basement was more of a big party setting as adults and youth interacted. The table contained books, puzzles, and games. It was then that I noticed something out of place and yet familiar…

That magazine you see above was placed on this table with all the kid stuff! I just stared at it like with another magazine in the grocery store years ago. That was in 1993, blogged about and mentioned in my book Spirit and Belief. So coincidental having a dream relevant to some life moments with Warrior. I’ve talked about other magazines before like The History Term Paper and also buying one in 1996 upon Warrior’s Wrestlemania XII return. How in the world is a magazine on this table from 1998? So many questions yet again. Did someone’s Dad bring it as a fun memory? How can this involve me being here?

After staring forever and looking around, a little boy said : “You can have that if you want.” Um—, WHAT? I told him how it belonged to someone else so am sure I couldn’t take it. He didn’t seem to care about my answer and said it was mine to have as nobody claimed it. Still no idea how it got there… πŸ€” Well, it was then I woke up without ever really knowing if I took the magazine or not.

Warrior didn’t fully enjoy his WCW run but I’ve never had a reference with that so why not? After all, dreams are what we make them to be. It wasn’t that hard to figure out after a time. This dream was combining my past with my present. Warrior and my spiritual group together in the NOW. Or should I say O.W.N.? ( for all you Warrior fans!) He was in my past just like teaching kids but he’s also part of my present life. Always some humor or confusion and yet a lesson to look at. To get a message saying it was O.K. made me know it truly is. My Magazine Maze led me where I needed to be all along. πŸ’™πŸ™πŸ»πŸ πŸ˜‰

P.S. The Ultimate Warrior appeared on a few Nov. wrestling magazine covers. While thinking of this post a few weeks ago, I had started dinner. I turned on the radio and heard: “November Rain” by Guns N’Roses. Gotta always love my Nov. references!! I also heard “The Warrior” by Scandal shortly afterward. Earlier that day, I had also found a blue jay feather. My sign from Warrior… A 3 count for the WIN!

P.P.S. It’s also my Book Club tonight at HJ! πŸ˜„

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Ultimate Maniacismsβ€οΈπŸ’›

WOW! I loved these two as a tag team for so many reasons. First, a little story is mentioned in my book Spirit and Belief along with other Randy stuff. This is so much more. More maniacisms that are truly ultimate. Randy “Macho Man” Savage and the Ultimate Warrior had the colors, intense personalities, and energy but behind all that– they were friends who respected each other. That’s the best for me. They were also extremely funny. At least I thought so. I do believe their partnership was very unique because of the similar qualities shown by both.

That takes us to this story. These are mywarriorwritings but today it is Radiant Randy. The two first dreams I ever had with Warrior also involved Randy and also in my book. If you recall or if new– here’s a flashback of when I mentioned working with Warrior at one of my preschool jobs. That was “The Bluejay Feather Dream” on 2/27/19. Well, guess who else I worked with in a dream? Yep–Randy.

As you may know, I have some psychic intuitive abilities so once I thought of this dream more, it does kinda fit. I don’t make these Spirit Visit Dreams up and even if I did, Randy wouldn’t be in them. O.K., maybe as part of the Ultimate Maniacs but that’s it!

Are you ready? Here it is without further adieu. *** Us teachers were standing in the lobby at work and this time it was exactly as it looked unlike in some other dreams. It was me, some teachers from my past, and our boss. In walks Randy with Elizabeth and she’s holding a BABY! What? They never had a baby. Randy shook the boss’s hand and hugged the rest of us as Elizabeth followed him with the baby. At first I thought possibly she used to work with us but based on Randy’s actions, he definitely did.

We were all ohhhing and ahhhing over the baby BOY. Randy then scooped him up and began to show him off as only a proud Papa would. I never saw the baby’s face but it was a boy. I woke up with so many questions. Warrior was not even in it so how was this happening? Why would I be shown Randy and Elizabeth with a baby?

Here’s a few of my ideas so I hope you understand spirituality since these types of dreams aren’t always obvious. If you have ever had any remember there is a purpose and they are just for YOU. Your beliefs and connections matter. Well, here’s my take if you will… It COULD mean an insight into what might’ve happened. They did try for a baby( so I heard.) It COULD also mean spiritually that they are working together to help babies up in parts unknown. Perhaps little spirits that were miscarried, stillborn, or passed young? Just to get a dream like this is a gift despite possible meanings. I was ultimately honored. πŸ’œ

After seeing the retirement match of WrestleMania VII a few times between U.W. and M.M., I thought differently. Obviously, everyone loved the Randy and Elizabeth reunion. If you haven’t seen it– a must watch for true fans. That match is hard because everyone except the referee is now gone. Maybe they can re-create it up above, commentators and all? My thought remained. I always hoped Randy and Elizabeth reconciled and that they found some happiness. My mind goes to that every single time… Maybe that brought the dream? I don’t know for sure…

Is Randy working with me too along with Warrior? This dream was a first of its kind for sure. It was beautiful and happy and that baby made all the difference. Without Randy and Warrior working together, my ultimate maniacisms wouldn’t be possible. I needed to acknowledge Randy separately since he is involved too sometimes. Of course the Dream inspired this post but I still needed to thank Randy.

I loved Warrior’s tribute to the Macho Man after he passed so will include the YouTube link at the end. He shared antidotes, funny stories, and the personal touch lacking during Hulk Hogan’s HOF induction speech posthumously for Randy in 2015.

I’m not bashing Hulk but he could’ve said so much more about Randy besides being “intense” and “jealous” because of Elizabeth. It was sad that after so many years, that’s all Hulk had to say despite their differences. Randy deserved better. He got better from his friend Mr. Warrior.

I will always have my Ultimate Maniacisms along with the wonderful dreams. I worked with both of them, can you just imagine??? Music is also my THING so here’s another connection. One day after seeing their iconic “Riding on the Edge of a Lightning Bolt” promo, later on Pandora I heard “Burnin’ Heart” by Survivor. That song is from the Rocky movies which also has “Eye of the Tiger” but this song mentions being a warrior. Randy says in the promo: “we are ultimate survivors…” The album cover is called Ultimate Survivor. The tiger on the front is red and yellow too. The Ultimate Maniacs win again! Why is it always those colors? They should’ve used pink and green since both used them often!! πŸ’–πŸ’š

Thank you to BOTH for influencing me, my writing, and all the personal details shared. I welcome all the WILDNESS and all the MADNESS!!

P.S. A few days before this post was written, WWE’s SummerSlam happened on Aug. 11th. These two influenced “The Fair” dream which is blogged and in my book! Personally, I gotta love SummerSlam ’92! β€οΈπŸ’› Not to forget the date of Nov. 14th which was that iconic promo and also a significant part of the story in my book!!

https://youtu.be/coDAI_9f90U

** This is Warrior’s tribute to Randy after he passed. It’s 20:21 and worth watching….

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The Birthday Plans β˜”οΈπŸš΄β€β™€οΈ

I really should share this story in about a month and a half when my birthday is but it was on my mind so August it will be. This does concern WrestleMania VI. I know- so many memories, right? Hard to believe I bought the VHS tape over 20 years ago! Again, it seems like yesterday and forever all at once…πŸ“Ό

I would sneak downstairs alone to watch when no one was there but me. They wouldn’t mind but so much more fun emotionally watching ALONE! My brother would’ve been great to watch with but he didn’t live at home anymore. After the “newness” wore off, the tape got put on my shelf with other collectibles. It wasn’t until a few years later that I started a new little tradition for myself. Once I moved, it probably got stored in the attic until it came back a little closer.

The first few years in our house watching the last match of WMVI on my birthday became a yearly event. Then, it started to fade from my plan as I became a mother. We still had our VCR hooked up in the early 2000’s but now it was time for baby and kid shows. My husband and I had quite the collection of movies but rarely watched them anymore. Has he ever seen WMVI? Not with me if at all! One of these days I keep telling myself… Of course now on DVD.

The birthday plans with that tradition literally got shelved as my life revolved around two babies back then. Many years went by and now the VCR was hooked up in the basement as the DVD player took its place. In 2012, I turned 40. We took a trip to California in the summer but this was September and now officially my birthday. With my husband at work, kids in school, and just me with the new puppy, it had to be extra special. My family and friends would celebrate but this time was for me alone.

I wanted to do something different for myself but nothing seemed to interest me. Getting lunch? Nah.. A manicure? Nope, probably too rushed before the kids bus. Then, I thought of a bike ride. Perfect! The puppy wouldn’t be left too long and it is one of my favorite activities. I had it all planned out and went outside to go.

I wasn’t even looking at the sky as it started to pour! Hurriedly, I rushed inside already soaking wet. Oh no! My birthday plan for myself was ruined. ☹️ I was so mad… Ah, the little things. I rarely did much for myself and now this rain. After a few sulking minutes, WMVI popped in my head! No way. Where did that thought come from? I hadn’t watched it in years and had forgotten all about my old birthday plans.

Since the VCR was now in the basement, I had to watch down there. I was planning on working out later anyway so why not now? I could do both. Hooray! The tradition had returned. I did watch other parts that I love too ya know! πŸ€ͺπŸ˜‰ Best for last though! It was so interesting getting that memory back on a milestone birthday for me.

It has been part of my birthday now ever since. Maybe not on a weekend when others occupy my space but it’s during the week for sure. Five years ago, I needed to watch but our VCR was no longer connected. This was in April and not September so it was part of my grief. I couldn’t remember all the hook-ups and called my husband. I just said I wanted to watch a favorite movie of mine while holding back tears. The sound came but no picture. Ugh.., I finally gave up in exasperation. Little did I know at the time how a brand NEW DVD would soon come my way that contained WMVI naturally. O.K, I could’ve ordered it on Amazon but so not in my thought process…

For the past three years, I have gotten something extra special from Warrior on my birthday. This may sound kinda crazy for anyone new reading my blog but spiritually, it’s true. It’s all archived!!! I’ve had a few things on his special day as well. I will keep my birthday plan going as that tradition began so long ago. Sure I can watch WMVI anytime but getting that memory back almost seven years ago means so much to me. It needs to be honored.

From a VHS tape to a DVD, it makes no difference. I have watched in my childhood home and now the house we share as a family. I can go to the WWE website or even watch on YouTube now but I don’t. There is nothing like having your OWN. Who knows what this birthday will bring but WMVI is always on my wish list. πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ€Όβ€β™€οΈ

www.spiritandbelief.com~~ check out info for my book here where more great Warrior stories are told!

P.S. Ironically, when starting to write this today, I was outside and it started to pour! No bike ride planned but hopefully I can still walk the dog in a bit!!

#alwaysbelieve

#OWN πŸ’–πŸ™πŸ»

Your Style Matters

Do you have your OWN style? I hope you do. It does matter ya know. This post can be interpreted any way you wish. I know my style matters. Warrior’s did (and does) and so does yours! Early in his career, he mentions having “great people to learn from.” I had some as well. This could be one of those beginnings I mentioned last week. Warrior’s was wrestling, mine was teaching. It makes no difference but once you find a style that works, it’s yours.

When you start something new, you know nothing but maybe you know a little. As time goes on, you know more and more. Pretty soon~~ you’re a pro! At least enough where you feel educated to perhaps teach someone else. My career as a preschool teacher involved being an aide first and observing at many centers with many different teachers. They all had their own style and I got snippets of everything. Education +Learning=STYLE. Some aspects I loved but then others, not so much. I could never be a copycat and neither was Warrior.

He learned the basics but needed a style that fit his OWN way and not that of others. Often times when we go against the “norm” or “majority,” we get criticized and judged. Have you been there? I know I have. I’m getting so much better at not judging others either but this remains a struggle at times.

Warrior got teased for running, shaking ropes, and wearing too much gear among other things. I got teased for hanging up too many posters in my classroom, not decorating a bulletin board correctly, and even for being too young! The list went on. His teasing didn’t make him quit just like mine didn’t for me. Isn’t it crazy how our brains get so twisted into things being the same for years that- GASP- someone new wants to change stuff around?!πŸ™„πŸ˜³πŸ˜¬

Like Warrior, I too “followed the rules” in the beginning. You kinda have to in order to be taught. After a time though, opinions count and style matters. Remember~~ true warriors are not clones or robots. I realize drastic measures shouldn’t be taken but am sure you’ll know your own limits. The truth is, you have to be comfortable enough using a style that you love. If you don’t, find a new one.

Don’t just emulate to get noticed. Maybe others won’t see if you’re genuine but you’ll feel it. Sure, at first we want that mentor or idol and will follow their style. After all, it works for them so why not you? You are the only one to decide if you constantly want to stay that way or become your own style. I gotta say– you will not regret cultivating something that will ultimately become YOU and no one else. If it’s hard for you to believe in your style, think of the impact on others. Warrior had the fans, I had the kids. It will matter.

This doesn’t need to just apply with a career. Think about parenthood. How about fitness? Decorating? It can be all your hobbies too. We will learn how to become successful but happiness is the key. You can be successful in anything if you try and have been taught to be so. But without a true style~~ the happiness will be lacking for sure.

Even twins need a style of themselves. You may look identical but that doesn’t mean everything you do has to be. So glad I wasn’t one. One of the many reasons I personally have longevity with Warrior is because of his style. Not necessarily all the wrestling gear but just his thinking outside of a box and remaining true to himself. We all should aspire to do the same but with today’s societal pressure, it can be tricky. You will have the guts to stand out with your style even when others disagree.

Another biggie in my life now involves activities I enjoy. I love yoga, spirituality interests, and of course blogging! My book Spirit and Belief is not even of the “norm.” I do much on my own with a style that works for me. My book club is a constant but I bounce around at yoga studios. There will be regulars and then there’s me. Sometimes I get glared at, sometimes I don’t. It is a test for me since years ago I’d never do this unless a friend came along. Well, that isn’t the case anymore. I still make the friends and connections without being a regular. You may think differently and respect is given.

OWN your style and make it matter. You won’t leave this life wishing you were like all the others. You will however look back and know the style that was cultivated made you happy. That’s what we need more of. We start with others input but then we shake our OWN ropes! Now, that’s what I call style that matters.

#ownyourstyle

#alwaysbelieve

#justbeyou

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Remember Your Beginning…πŸ‘‹πŸ‘§πŸΌ

This title might intimidate you but please don’t let it! I’m not talking about your birth story here but perhaps a little older in life. The beginning I mean is when you became more of YOU. Confused? Well, it’s whenever that little light above your head finally shines so BRIGHT that nobody can dim it. πŸ’‘The part of you that finally accepted yourself despite naysayers. That part of you that finally OWNed being a true warrior. Maybe you are still finding that out.

I’m not being a shrink at all and most have that “inner child.” Mine is more the “inner teen.” She’s mainly my beginning of sorts. I know Warrior’s beginning was discovering that weight room in high school which helped him excel towards his future. My teen years meant hiding that girl I wasn’t allowed to be. Now, she waves at me proudly while standing on the edge of a cliff. Not there drastically but, ya know– playfully and willingly wanting to SPLASH. I actually can see her in my mind sometimes but now I joke when years ago, I pushed her away.

Which beginning means the most to you? We need to remember all of our parts as they make us whole. O.K., so you won’t remember your infancy but somewhat past that. My earliest memories are of being 3. Ah, I digress… That teen girl watched WWF then with so much excitement and joy. This only seemed “allowed” in my family’s house as that part of me was off limits to anyone else really.

We all have parts that are only reserved for some. Even Warrior did. Sure, he had his painted mask but rarely let out his beginning to many. He enjoyed being private later in life. Maybe a younger version of him kept standing on a cliff too– waving? I can only imagine and guess. Without certain beginnings, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Beginnings end but they still remain part of us. Warrior’s earthly beginnings have ended but his spiritual ones will go on forever. The same is true for all of us.

His passing brought endings and beginnings for me as am sure many fans feel the same. Even this blog has gone thru several beginnings which transitioned to endings of some topics. I look at how the WWE has also evolved besides just the name change over twenty+ years ago. Nothing ever happens without those two words of a beginning and an end. We will always remember them all.

Think about your own life. It’s all there for you. Yeah, sometimes we remember truly what we want to. It all leads to new beginnings, adventures, and experiences. Some of it can be pretty ugly but facing it gets us thru it. The great will stand out but then what about the middle? The middle to me are the littles. It’s the little things we need to remember most but sometimes don’t.

For us who followed Warrior’s career, we’ll remember his beginnings of course and then the GREAT but also the UGLY. The middle things need to be acknowledged too. Those propel you forward just like the Ultimate Warrior character needed smaller matches that led to bigger ones. Most might not remember some of those. We will always have the BIG stuff that amounts to beginnings but the middle counts just as much.

Don’t forget all those middles in your life too warriors. From toddlerhood, childhood, teen years, young adult, middle adult, and then older adult. They are all beginnings. These will end but memories will never. Warrior never wants us to forget any of his but his wish is to make your life its OWN. One book may end like Dana’s with Warrior but now she is writing a new one for her life. She will always remember her beginnings too.

Look at your “parts” around you and remember how they all began. They will always be moving you forward to begin again just in a different way.

*** My teen girl is still waving and I honor her now. πŸ˜‰

P.S. Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” ~~~ Closing Time by Semisonic (1998.)

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Protect Your Character

***I’m back! Did ya miss me? I missed my writings but after our vacay, it’s time for more stories!

Protecting your character can imply so many meanings. It all depends on your perspective. With this title, Warrior mentioned how important it was for him to do just that~~ protect his Ultimate Warrior character. What I believe it meant in his context was not compromising so much that the character’s integrity gets undervalued. When someone wanted to “take liberties with your character,” you had to remember your own values. It got down to “the business of the business” meaning that each character stays true to his core.

I could relate to this story as well told by Warrior on the Ultimate Collection DVD. When my book Spirit and Belief came out, the approach was somewhat different than it is today. My values are the same but the attitude has shifted just a little. At first I was super protective as those stories in that book belong to us both- me and Warrior. No way was I gonna just let anyone who didn’t truly “get it” involved.

It was after all like a baby I just birthed and not all were allowed to “hold it.” The writing was easy, marketing not so much. I could never form the words right when describing it to anyone foreign to him, wrestling, or spirituality.

I think deep down my Belief was that the book could survive online on its own without me. It can but that’s like sending a baby bird out of the nest before it’s fully ready. Had to use a bird reference if you know some of my writings about them in the past. BTW– we have baby robins growing bigger in a nest this summer!! Now, I am much more comfortable speaking about our stories while still protecting them. No, they aren’t for everybody but nobody will know either unless I help it to fly.

Do you protect your character when needed? I am big on principles just like Warrior ( I still will refer to him in the present) but compromises are needed too. I don’t mean a character like on T.V. but your true self. Do you cave on important issues just to please others? You shouldn’t. Yes, it’s easier but it’ll affect you numerous ways with guilt showing up.

When we take on certain roles in life, protecting that character can be challenging. We sometimes will say : “I didn’t sign up for this!” Maybe even: “It’s not in my contract!” I certainly didn’t compromise when it came to a former boss asking staff to do personal errands. Professional ones, yeah but when we didn’t have enough kids– I’d work in the office. I would never run a personal errand unless I’m the boss’s assistant which none of us teachers were.

From politics to religion, ( which I’ll never discuss) parenting, careers, or all in betweens, protecting your character and values needs to stand for something. There are countless decisions we make but conforming or not needs to be decided only by you. Anything you create is yours so are you protecting it or not? Nobody else will. Take pride in your craft, share how you want, but always protect. Make it work for you as a balance of not too tight but not too loose either.

Pro athletes or really anyone that performs has their own character that might start out a certain way but then evolves into so much more for an audience to see. You’d protect what’s important to you right? They do too even though we might not ever know “behind closed doors.” We all start out with help but it’s on you to make your OWN character thrive.

When the Ultimate Warrior battled Andre the Giant , protecting characters were considered for sure. I mean nobody was bigger than Andre– literally and figuratively. The Warrior character was still a novice at the time but never wavered from his convictions. Andre helped the U.W. character as only a legend could. Integrity and protection remained on both sides. This is how it should be but in reality, it doesn’t always work that way.

The level of how we protect what’s ours may differ but the core shouldn’t break. Bend a little maybe but not break. Keep your character protected and strong however that looks to you. It is after all~~ inside of you to do so.

P.S. I recently wanted some champagne just for fun and found one labeled “Andre.” Had to get it since Warrior would always buy Andre his favorite wine out of respect for protecting the character of Ultimate Warrior. πŸ·πŸ€Όβ€β™€οΈπŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ₯‚