Our Bizarre Year πŸ˜¬πŸ˜³

We made it warriors. This bizarre year was indeed that for many. It will be my last post until 2021 so am wishing all of you good times however that looks. Make your own Holiday memories and just be happy. Hard to believe a little over a year ago, I was driving to take a pic of the Hellwig Whistle Stop sign to use as my first post of 2020… I’m always torn. Despite the pandemic, this year has gone fast in many ways but dragged on in others. I do hope some good has come about for those reading today.

With these writings lately, I can tell some posts have definitely been your favorites. “Back to Warrior’s Machete” wins the match as many have liked or viewed that for months. So much thanks to ALL of you for your loyalty in commenting, retweeting, or sharing your thoughts on Warrior as well. It truly does mean the world to me as I hope you are evolving while feeling inspired on this journey we all take in life.

My favorites have to be “The Little Engine That Could” stories where I have never done a part 2. So many influencers on those with YouTube videos, bios, and my own family discoveries. It’s also the post where I connected a date in Warrior’s life with mine. It is so extremely significant as I remain humbled.

Has this year made you humbled as well? I bet it has in many ways as we need that but of course all are thinking about the COVID. Many ultimate challenges we all had to face and some that are still being faced. I have been blessed but have to deal with my kids doing school differently, my husband’s work situation changing briefly, and a few other adjustments. It is so little compared to others struggles and please know my heart is with you all in spirit. πŸ’œ

Bizarre setbacks do cause us to stop and decide what our next steps should be. When that photo was taken of the Ultimate Warrior above, he was near the end of his ’92 run before the steroid trial. That made him stop and reassess his future in the WWF. Sure, he could’ve returned after the suspension but didn’t at that time. He got busy with new ideas and other creative projects. This bizarre year made us do the same or at least I hope you did.

I’m not fully comparing that time in the WWF with this global pandemic but the feeling we get is the same. Those big life changing events will make us all pause and wonder what to do next. Warrior remained positive despite that bizarre situation and we need positivity in our lives too no matter the circumstance.

Let’s make this New Year a better one in all areas of our lives. Financially, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Use this past year’s experiences to grow different in ways you never thought you could. If you experienced a personal bizarre event, try turning it into an optimistic view of something better to come. I can’t begin to understand another’s point of view but we are all in this together. Maybe not in the same boat but in LIFE together. It will take tons of work but determination gets you through those tough waters your boat needs to traverse. We are all warriors. πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸš£β€β™€οΈ

If Warrior would’ve stayed in the WWF back then, he never could’ve had time to begin again in new ways. He did return 3.5 years later though. We can’t play the “what if” game but try to apply that to your life. If you have experienced a tremendous loss this year, place your faith in something brighter that will come along. I’m not being overly spiritual at all here but we need faith in many ways and especially within ourselves.

It’s one of those virtues that needs to always pull us through. Am sure you can think of your own scenario that began with a bizarre turn of events but eventually turned around. Maybe it hasn’t yet but you need to believe it will. If this didn’t happen, that wouldn’t have happened. Oh boy– can I add to this for me…

Even if you haven’t had an upsetting bizarre year in many areas, you still can plan for 2021 to bring other new adventures just waiting on the horizon. I know I will. Again, we may not always have the how or why figured out but the start of a what gets us there. What will you do different this coming year? It doesn’t have to be super complex at all or even a list of a million things. Just make it doable and one which creates that unique person you need to be. Always remember to BREATHE…

With Warrior being suspended, it forced him to start fresh in a New Year with a new way of thinking. This pandemic of 2020 forced us to think differently about things as well. Sometimes we choose to leave situations and that’s on us but being pushed out of the familiar means to keep going into those parts unknown. The rug has been pulled out from under you so now what? Do you submit or stay in the match?

The choices will remain yours as you navigate a new uncertainty. One thing will be certain though. You get to start over and begin another YOU. So many possibilities are yours, get going. I know 2021 will be ultimate despite some bizarre because I always believe in faith and grace! ( Another great word I realized this year…) πŸ˜‰πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

P. S. I’d like to personally thank those that have influenced my writing this year:

~ Warrior of course and his mention of Joseph Campbell.

~Steve Wilton for his “Legendary Unknown” YouTube channel.

~RocketFuel, WrestlingBios, WrestlingRocks, and RingSide Fest Q and A for all the great youtube content, videos, promos, and wrestling documentaries.

~Andrew William Wright for his 2005 work with Warrior.

~ Joe Johnson, aka “Vladimir Markov” former NWA wrestler, now realtor.

~ Those who emailed- especially a bodybuilder and another with a relationship to a passed celebrity in spirit.

Many, many thanks!!!

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~ HAPPY HOLIDAYS Warriors! πŸŽ„

The Golden Era πŸ¦πŸŒŸπŸ’›

*** This post is a day early as I have lots going on tomorrow! ***

Ah yes, The Golden Era and the FIRST created by the ‘ol WWF in the 80’s to early 90’s. Yet another first the Ultimate Warrior was involved with. I never even knew they had “eras” until hearing people talk online or comments from my brother several years ago. Am sure you fans know but guess this wasn’t something I followed or truly cared about. The Ultimate Warrior was also part of The New Generation Era and I had heard of The Attitude Era. If you aren’t familiar with any as I don’t have them memorized, feel free to look them all up on your own. I believe the Golden Era has been the longest at 11 years. That is quite the number and spiritually speaking, it is one of the best!!!

Do you have a favorite era or Superstars from that time? Most know mine of course as I am old school but we are all entitled to our favorites and it amazes me that there are 7! Guess they weren’t created prior to 1983. Do you consider your own life with eras of time? Sure, we can start at infancy all the way into our older years. Some even say when you’re that senior citizen, it’s your “golden years.” That can be an era. Let’s think of all those words we use as expressions about life. There’s “over the hill,” “prime of your life,” “sowing your wild oats,” and so many more. What are yours?

We can reflect back or plan ahead but the best time of our lives is NOW in the present. That’s who we are. Make your own eras despite the WWE names over the years. All of us are life long learners for sure so use whatever era you are in and make it count.

Time is divided into so many categories and the actual definition has an era listed with several hundred million years! Several eras make up an eon. That would be like combining all the WWE eras into one eon… sorta. πŸ˜‚They reference this with the age of dinosaurs. I just hope all those newer or younger fans never refer to us “old timers” as dinosaurs or even the wrestlers! They may joke but I never will.

Life does go on throughout all our eras of time and it continues despite a clock ticking or a calendar reminding us of days. I am grateful for all my eras of time thus far while creating new ones everyday. I am also grateful to have been a fan of the Golden Era because that was my destiny which started such a beginning. One that I never could have imagined becoming what it is now and my connection with Warrior.

Think about how an era of time in your life influenced the person you are now. We all have those younger experiences that made us perhaps stronger, wiser, or better. You era now can be influenced by the future as well. All of Warrior’s younger professions revolved around his physical body so each era helped create the next one. He was much more than that in many ways but being creative ( as previously mentioned) paved the era for his future endeavors.

I always wanted to teach so that began as a babysitter in a way, working with young kids, my own, and now teaching once again. This era of course involves adults and some different topics but one teaching led to the next. You can list your own eras of time too. It doesn’t have to be jobs but think of relationships you have. All those life lessons learned prepare you to experience the next era of time. Then, you will perhaps make choices that reflect your age and wisdom.

Each era of life has its own title just like the WWE has with theirs. Not everyone will become a parent but we are all somebody’s child. Not everyone will be a brother or sister but we all are a friend to someone. You may divide your eras into years like most do but live them fully so you are ready for the next one.

When you reflect back someday on an era of your choosing, I hope you do so with pride. We need the good memories more. Some will say those were “the good ‘ol days” and they could be like I do with the Golden Era. Let’s try to make every era good despite what happens. You can still have your favorite time but list positive aspects from each era that make it memorable. The Golden Era of WWE will always be extra special to me and many other fans but yours will be yours. Who knows how many more they will create but just like with time, it will go on.

Whatever you name your eras warriors- live them the best you can. Your Generation of Attitude can forever have its own Golden Era to never ever forget. πŸ’œ

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What’s Your Main Event?

We all have our own “main events” to wrestle with in life warriors and some will always remain part of us. Professionally as a wrestler, the Ultimate Warrior’s main events were winning those titles belts but we all know life is so much more personal. Our big moments will come and go as we live the little moments everyday. I have a question for you though…

What’s ONE thing or trait you need to work on that’s your main event? It can be linked to your career or even your private life. So many virtues have I blogged about on here but one that’s been my main event is confidence. BOOM. I don’t even need to think hard about it at all. Warrior exuded confidence but another word that connects us is trust. We both had trust issues with people. I still do. So, those two are my biggies. We all need patience so that will be for everyone but can you think of your main event word? πŸ€”

You might need to have more faith in yourself or others, maybe you need more humor in your life or even humility. It doesn’t have to be a virtue but perhaps a certain dream or goal you just can’t seem to accomplish. Am sure you have at least one area of your life that could use improvement. We all need to stay physically fit and eat healthier but is that your main event? How about limiting your scrolling thru social media many times a day?

Make a list and then narrow it down to just a few. Your ultimate challenge is to pick ONE that is the primary main event. When I was that introverted little girl, rarely did I believe anything was possible with belief. That stuff was for the extroverts like my sisters so I wouldn’t even try. It is easy when we’re doing activities we love. When I won that spelling bee in third grade, I loved it so my confidence grew. It’s when I was truly tested like speaking up to a teacher or boss was when it meant the most. Getting outside your comfort zone will do that for anyone.

All you have to do is find that one main event and then think of one way to challenge it, make it better, or eliminate it all together. Being better starts small with little ideas at a time. Maybe it’s a tag team with another. There could be someone in your life that needs help with a similar situation. You can tag each other in and win the match of your main event together. You can also be very different than someone and yet there are similarities that connect the both of you (:

Our main event can be the same but as our lives evolve, the card may switch up entirely. Confidence, trust, and of course patience will always be with me but as I’ve aged, some others are present. It’s only natural as we change careers, personal interests, and families. I never would’ve guessed writing would become my main event but the one thing I’d change about it is better ways to connect. I’m always looking for ways to help and inspire others whether it’s recognizing their own inner warrior or their own inner spirituality.

Warrior and I both share that main event of wanting to inspire people with our words. If I could choose one thing that he would always want to work on, it would have to be creativity. He truly embodied that virtue in every aspect. When pro-wrestling came into his life, it allowed his own creativity to explode unlike his other two possible careers of becoming a chiropractor or bodybuilder.

He was always searching for ways to constantly be more creative with his character which became his real main event. Even after wrestling, he still strived for creativity with his art, speaking, writing, social media, videos, his website, gym, and other projects he worked on. Casa de Warrior was also very heavily adorned with much of the creativity that showcased his carpentry skills.

Well, warriors there’s our main events so now you need to find yours. Maybe you know but maybe you’re still searching. Either way, it can be quite simple or a challenge. Little or big. Look at the main event of your life and always keep it close. It can be your friend or enemy but by doing the work however that is to you, it will be conquered and pinned to the mat!

Here’s to all of you that have that main event and grow along with it. If it’s always been in your life, how can you improve? If it’s a new event, challenge yourself to make a decision on what needs to be done. Only you can make those choices. Believe that you will make the right ones because your main event is there for an ultimate purpose. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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Favors for Friends πŸ€Ό

Yes, I know you see yet again the Ultimate Warrior and “Macho Man” Randy Savage in that pic above. It seems like I use them a lot on here but really, it’s not on purpose! That WWE SummerSlam match of ’92 in London fits perfectly for today’s post. For all you fans- no, not just because Mr. Perfect was part of it!!

Do you do favors for friends? Do you expect something in return? Well, we all do things for others and it usually goes a little like this: “Just do this one favor for me and I’ll owe ya!” Or maybe: “This is the last time I’ll ask you for anything, I promise!” We’ve all been there I’m certain. It’s the old you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours story. It’s all good but we just shouldn’t make a habit out of it too often.

Let’s get back to those two limping guys above. For anyone unfamiliar, that match was all about mind games. Neither “trusted” the other and thought there was a pay-off. In the end, both had one another’s back and knew they were being played. Randy and Warrior did a favor for the other without expectations. Seriously, though without any bias- it’s a very dramatic and entertaining match and they played their parts extremely well.

Another fun story with Warrior and Randy was one he related on a video. After a long possible late night match, the adrenaline rush would still be there. Warrior would go work-out to “wind down” and wanted Randy to tag along. Randy just really wanted to go back to the hotel and sleep. Warrior convinced him probably promising lots of coffee to keep Randy awake. β˜•οΈπŸ˜³Another friend favor with no strings attached as Randy obliged.

When the Ultimate Warrior began his feuds with Andre the Giant, he slammed him in arenas all over the country. Warrior has said how he and Andre were friends and they truly respected each other. There are many stories of course but one I love is told in the book “A Life Lived Forever.” As a thank you to Andre, Warrior would go to the best liquor stores and get his favorite wine. Andre loved his wine and Warrior knew this. 🍷No, he didn’t get the wine first so Andre would “put him over.” It was a gesture from one friend to another as an offer of thanks.

Have you had stories similar? Taken a friend to lunch? Driving someone to an appointment? For me, I would and still donate clothes, toys, shoes, and other extras to centers. Sometimes, I even just gave items away without expecting money. I’ve sold some stuff before but I truly just wanted to help others. O.K., we all want and need to de-clutter but I actually had friends who needed baby gear, books, or my kids outgrown things. They were going to a good home and I’d never ask for money even though I could have. It’s all about your intention but sometimes we forget this. Let’s not let that happen.

Never hold it over someone’s head how you did or gave something and they should repay that act. It is nice to have reciprocation but we shouldn’t just be nice to get nice. Friendship is a two-way street and neither one should be taken for granted.

It is of course very different when dealing with professional work situations versus our everyday home life. Those matches of WWE and all of sports entertainment with wrestling are scripted of course with regards to let’s say- favors for friends and the outcome. Vince McMahon had all those ideas then but now there are teams of writers scripting who are “friends” and who are not. Fake friends can become real friends.

The great thing with Warrior and Randy is that they became real friends despite their storylines. Many favors am sure went back and forth before true respect came but our emotions can slam those professional ideas at times. This can happen to all of us in every situation depending on our friends and their expectations.

You can do those favors for friends but again, always remember your intent and your reasons. It’s like doing activities for free during a time but then wanting to get paid. Maybe once we gain better relationships, our abundance can prosper. The Ultimate Warrior and Macho Man proved their favors be being true friends. I sure hope we can all say the same. Let’s follow the script of our own life without a match being written for us. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜‰

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Know Your Worth πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ»

Don’t be like Wayne and Garth from the 1992 movie “Wayne’s World” in front of Alice Cooper saying: “we’re not worthy!” O.K., maybe you’d feel differently around someone like rocker Alice Cooper or even the Ultimate Warrior himself! Let’s be more like the L’OrΓ©al hair color commercial that states:

“Because we’re worth it!” Yes, I know that’s for women but you men are worth it too. Worthy of happiness, worthy of greatness, worthy of living the best life you can. Did I feel worthy of Warrior’s guidance at first? Nope, but now I know better.

I remember to say I AM worthy each day during meditation. Sometimes I forget admittedly but most days I remember. This can be for anything you’d like to manifest. Maybe it’s simple, complicated, physical, spiritual, or any area of your life. Personal relationships, professional work, and anything in between matters too. For me it became inspiration to teach, mother, write, motivate, and learn. What does worthiness look like to you? Fill in this sentence: “I am worthy of … because….” Most people will reflect on their decisions and contemplate actions with worthiness.

For Warrior, everything he ever did was completely worth it to him, even the ugly battles. Perhaps in his mind, some situations could’ve been handled differently but worthiness- absolutely. It’s not selfish to attain for a feeling of worthiness but just be sure the ego doesn’t take over. We need to stay humble and be grateful for all of it. Each and every little moment. We are entitled to know our worth but not at the expense of diminishing others.

It all comes back to belief and Warrior had plenty of that. He believed he was worthy of great things and worked hard to know his worth. I hope whatever choices you make, your worthiness comes thru also. Don’t throw it away because you may feel it’s not for your life. Others can achieve thru worthiness so why not you? Not one person, not one can’t know their worth by choosing what they love. Make those decisions but then ask yourself if they were worth it. It’s kinda like regrets but with deeper meaning.

To be worthy means deserving respect and bring good enough. It’s attention in the right way. We ALL deserve those qualities, don’t we? Sometimes we are quick to tell someone else those comments but are slow delivering them to ourselves. Let’s not get beat up all the time because we think it’s ego based. It is not, truly it is not warriors.

Others may think differently or that you are elevating yourself to a new status but that’s where your control needs to come in. Never think you are better but always remember the worthiness is part of us all. The only one that can believe in your worth is YOU. People can tell you this but if you don’t believe, you’ll never get to that point of knowing your worth inside and out.

Think about how far you’ve come in life already. Make a list of times you felt worthy of something and when you didn’t. I hope your pros outnumber your cons but if they don’t, fix it! The only way others succeed is thru believing in the worthiness that they can. Plain and simple. There are many aspects that make us different but so many are the same. We all essentially want the same things deep down but how we get there is not always the aligned path or an easy one.

Know your worth warriors but if you don’t, examine that inner part of yourself and listen to it. Give yourself the gift of self-confidence and drill it in your brain everyday. Say: “I AM worth it!” as much and as many times as you need to. I will also practice this and sometimes need that boost just like you. We’re not Wayne and Garth but humbleness does matter. Just know how much you give comes back. Look to whoever or whatever you can as examples of worthiness. It is a difficult ultimate challenge but one that needs our attention.

~ Know your worth because you do truly deserve it. We all do. πŸ’œ

P.S. That photo of the Ultimate Warrior is also part of my Spirit and Belief book trailer video. You can find it here:

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P.PS. I am taking some much needed R & R next week but feel free to catch up on previous posts! I’ll be back after that with more good stuff! #alwaysbelieve

We All NEED Fans !πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ“£

We truly need fans, all of us everyday warriors. Despite this global pandemic we still need fans support all the time. Sporting events are not the same without those people getting behind a team, performer, or event. COVID-19 has affected us all in numerous ways and some more than others. We generally associate the word “fan” with following fame but really it is for everything. WWE needs fans to thrive but so do other businesses as well.

I bet you are a fan of your favorite restaurant. Patrons, yes but fan always. You probably also have favorite products which makes you a fan of those. Think of where you like to visit or travel. You’re a fan of that. It can be anything or anyone at all. Financially lately, everyone has suffered including teachers who are fans of their students missing school right now ): Fans keep us going with or without money and we need them to survive.

Even simple acts of kindness matter like a smile or hug ( not yet for that though…) You give and receive because you are a fan. A fan of the act and the recipient. Words of encouragement can go a long way to make someone’s day better. We ALL are of course fans with the millions of health care workers around the globe. 🌎They work tirelessly to help keep us all safe. Am sure you’ve been on both ends of being a fan and that’s the balance of life essential to humans. Without fans, we are all nothing.

Some may say that certain famous people are successful because of their co-workers, boss, or a storyline written for their character. Those do and can in fact be true but they make no difference at all without fans attending, watching, buying, or listening. It doesn’t matter the profession. I never knew how fans would treat the Ultimate Warrior after his many returns but there they were once again showing support for their favorite. It’s like that for us too.

Parents are their kids first fans, then teachers, and then peers. If any relationship is genuine, they’ll back you no matter what. Authentic people are like that. Can you say you are a fan of someone despite obstacles life throws at them? For some, it may be difficult but for others they stand by because being a fan of another is in their blood. Don’t you want that as well for yourself? You want and need those fans beside you even though s*** happens!

Can you say that being a fan of someone or something has worked well in your life? Let me think about that for a second with Warrior…. πŸ€”To quote Steve Austin: “Hell yeah!” It does apply to other situations too… There are those things we may abandon over time and cease our fanship. It can be the simplest of ideas or the more complicated of relationships. Right now, am sure the world’s people are not fans of “social distancing” but it is our lifestyle without a choice as of late. Some concepts, places, or people we outgrow and need to move on with newer fan bases. Then, there’s the long haul as you Ultimate Warrior fans can surely relate. Regardless of any little or big events, we keep our fan base strong. πŸ’―πŸ’ͺ🏻

I bet your list is huge with everything deserving of fanship in life up to now. Yes, businesses need the money so people get paid as is their livelihood which we support. Besides personal relationships, every other fan base you project involves an exchange of money that keeps industry going. We still need to do our best with being fans of who and what we love.

I can honestly say my list with what I love has changed somewhat with age and time but there are many constants. Think small and then move onto bigger stuff that has always been there. For me, I’ve forever been a fan of the color pink, nachos, nature, bike riding, swimming, (last week’s post!) bubble baths, reading, shrimp, and summer. Later additions include fitness, nail polish, writing, (of course!) little kids, singing, crystals, meditation, avocados, and the best for last– Warrior.. Not to mention virtues and belief systems we should all be fans of. Other people as well.

Warrior had his list of being a fan with many interests too but held a special place in his heart for those that would never waver despite adversity– US. I thank you ALL for the ultimate support of his legacy and for the support of my work keeping it going always. Whatever else you are a fan of, you’ll know if it’s worth the longevity or not. During these unprecedented times, keep your interest as a fan of what you love close. People, businesses, ideas, places, attitudes, and anything in between.

We all deserve fans and we need to be one as well. I honor all fans because as people, we can turn nothing into something.

P.S. The biggest fan you can be is to YOURSELF. πŸ’œπŸ€—

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β€œI Think I Can…” πŸ€”πŸš‚

***Before I begin, this week marks 3.5 years since this blog began… Thank you all so very much for the support as I always support you as well. πŸ€—

That little blue engine storybook is quite the tale isn’t it? Do you warriors know this story? I actually was finding myself in a little bit of a lull with my next post and then found what I needed to find. Not on purpose once again but always meant to be. A book bringing us together as I am always amazed.

While searching for a photo to use a few weeks back with Warrior’s Machete, down the youtube rabbit hole I seemed to go. Never intentionally but I do believe these connections matter. You may not but in my life, they do. I came across this video titled: “The Final Days of the Ultimate Warrior.” Ugh.., I promised myself not to watch anymore of these bios as most are extremely negative. I stared at it for a few minutes after deciding to watch. Boy, am I glad I did.

*** First off, another milestone this week on blog day. Warrior has been in spirit form now for 6 years today. I don’t normally do stats but wanted to for this one. It’s been 2, 191.45 days. Probably minus 1 for me. WOW. That’s a pretty big number. He was born and passed on a Tuesday. I was also born on a Tuesday. πŸ˜‰

That day was named after the Nordic god Tyr who was also their god of war. Kinda fitting.,, I like the old children’s poem about Days of the Week. Tuesday’s child is full of grace. We all need grace although humbling at times. The number 6 again and again. I know spirit life is treating you well Warrior as I always believe in grace… And stats… And dates… And no coincidences…

Now, back to the train story. So, to summarize for anyone not wanting to watch the video, here’s a little synopsis. During Warrior’s HOF WM30 weekend, he gave Vince McMahon a copy of the original “Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper. Vince was extremely puzzled and didn’t understand. Warrior reminds him how he told about it being his favorite book as a child and thought of the Ultimate Warrior as the engine that could. Vince also thought of the WWE as being the engine that could… make a name for themselves in sports entertainment. He thought they both could and did. Vince was so touched by Warrior’s gift and remembered the man behind the paint with how he listened to succeed.

This part in the bio is at the 11:00 minute mark. 11 is another great spiritual number warriors, just sayin’…. The whole time thru my OMG tears, I knew I had this book. It’s in my attic with the kids memories. I truly thought my Mom had bought it after our son was born but no. I bought it as the memory came rushing back. I found that book and held it in my hands as the whole thing came together.

Us preschool teachers would receive gift cards from the kids and many to Barnes and Noble bookstore. A co-worker of mine used to tease me about never purchasing an adult book and just adding to our kids library. I just loved children’s books and couldn’t resist a classic like “The Little Engine That Could.” My version isn’t exactly the same with trains refusing to help but the basic story is. The tears weren’t sad but just overwhelming ones knowing that story can have such an impact.

It’s all in our attitude warriors. If we think we can, we will. If we don’t, we won’t. I’ve said that before so I hope you take it to heart like Warrior and Vince did. My kids both loved that story and would mouth “I think I can…” often when trying to accomplish something. Maybe as teens, they need that reminder again. You too could possibly own this book or even remember it being read to you as a child. Perhaps it isn’t a big deal with your memories and that’s fine. All these great connectors are part of my journey so trust me on this…

The other parts of the bio are all accurate with happy and sad moments. I love the backstage still shots us fans rarely see. This channel has a few other bios on the Ultimate Warrior character so feel free to check it out. Now, I will never really feel the same about this wonderful train story written 25 years before I was born ( on a Tuesday.)

Sure, I could’ve picked out any book that day in the store but chose that little blue engine. Memories for Vince, Warrior, me, my preschool kids, and then my own. Years apart and yet all together on one track. Vince had called the Ultimate Warrior “a locomotive” ( blogged and in my book Spirit and Belief) but the little engine that could had a huge task.

~~~ Like Warrior signs to Vince in the book: “Thanks for the opportunity to go from I think I can to I Know I can.”

~~~ I didn’t think I could do this at first but I thank Warrior for making ME know I can… Here’s to 6 years of always believing — here’s to GRACE and stories never forgotten. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’™

~~~ WrestlingBios

“The Final Days of the Ultimate Warrior.” (19:04)

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Never Say Never πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

Yep, that’s right warriors. Never Say Never. Not to yourself or anyone else since that’s a dream killer. Warrior never said it but had it said to him. Alright, o.k., he never even liked pro wrestling at all so am sure he never thought of becoming one later in life. There were those who thought he’d never do much of anything or even succeed with his Ultimate Warrior character. He never wavered and disproved their blatant attitudes of never. I never pictured writing a blog, book, or even having a spiritual connection with Warrior at all. Things start out one way and then end up another. Consider some common “never” statements:

“I would never parent my kids that way! ( you might end up anyhow)

“I would never be intimate before marriage…” ( most are anyway)

“I am never having more than one child!” ( guess what? You may have more)

“I’m never getting another dog ever again!” ( Now, you have 2)

~~ Do you say statements like these? So many things in life start with us not wanting, saying, or doing but they might just happen anyhow.

Perhaps you even say those never statements to another. I’ve had a few said to me like:

” You’ll never get a tattoo.” ( I have 3)

“You’ll never put blond in your hair!” ( I did until recently)

“You’ll never eat avocados!” ( Yes, I do and love them)

I bet you don’t regret doing those actions that were first part of a never. It can be anything from going to an expensive restaurant, ( just NOT now, yikes…) traveling to a foreign country, ( Again, NOT now, ugh…) or even just binge watching your favorite reality show on Netflix. Fill in the blank:

“I would never…….”–Do you believe it? Most young girls or women probably think more about the big life stuff but guys– correct me if I’m wrong! Some girls will say: “I am never waiting until my thirties to start a family.” Or even: “I will never not be your best friend.” Life happens and situations are always very different. I actually said I always wanted 4 kids but now never can imagine that at all. Once I had 2 and with both being sick at birth, plans changed. Never say never comes in many ways and some we don’t even realize.

Just remember to attack and slay that never just like a warrior. Even the Ultimate one had to slay his teen nevers which then became his professional nevers said by some. We are not spiting here ( which I know sounds good) but doing it for ourselves. By doing it for YOU, it will allow your life to be free from all those never naysayers pinning you to the mat.

If you have those “never” lists, life isn’t a challenge to explore. It becomes a desperate attempt to conquer anything frantically that isn’t a never in the first place. Who says you will NEVER________. Forget it! If you say it, you will believe it. Don’t believe it or even what others are saying. Believe that you can and you will. Some goals may seem highly unattainable but it’s o.k. to keep dreaming…

When I have done some things in my life, it was me evolving and not necessarily proving someone wrong. Warrior was the same way and he wants his legion of fans to be also. It will fuel your fire to prove others wrong but always do it for YOU. I can’t say that enough. It’s like changing the word CAN’T into CAN or WON’T into will. Get rid of Never! It serves no purpose at all. Don’t use it for yourself and watch how you say words to others always.

*** I have something Extremely personal with my life that was brought into my awareness but NEVER thought it would be part of me. I laugh at it just a little but realize it’s importance and significance. It was something I kinda fought it most of the time but as it turns out, a real life changer that will forever impact and influence me. No, I’m not talking about these writings perse but just a simple word that encompasses me. It’s also not the word warrior for all you guessers… πŸ˜‰ Such an interesting turn of life events as I frequently said how I’d NEVER want this.., Did have to do some research too! Now, I treasure it like nothing else, always have and always will… πŸ’–***

So, warriors– never say never. Once you do, you’re setting yourself up for a loss and sometimes life will bite you in the A_ _! Take all those never statements and erase them from your mind. Even if someone issues you a never, fight like that warrior and clothesline it down! That never becomes a maybe and then perhaps even a YES! “Never will I” becomes “Always will I.” Just like I always believe and NEVER won’t!

P.S. I thought to use that photo of Warrior and Vince in the book “A Life Lived Forever” from RAW 4/7/14. People did caption that with “Never Say Never.” It’s way too personal for me since my brother had sent that to me right before Warrior past…. So, um– no… It is a great photo though!πŸ’™

P.P.S. PLEASE stay healthy warriors during this global virus…. WASH THOSE HANDS!!! πŸš°πŸ˜·πŸ‘ŠπŸ»

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Family Business Banter

Do any of you come from a family business or feel the need to pursue your passions based on those before you? Kerry Von Erich came from a wrestling family as did many others. Am sure avid fans know of the Poffo’s,(Randy Savage, his Dad, and brother) the Hart’s, Neidhart’s, Flair’s, and of course the McMahon’s. I could list so many more and they continue today. What if you didn’t come from a wrestling background like Warrior? It doesn’t mean you won’t succeed. I actually do come from some writers in my family but never felt pressured to be one.

I bet there are even some whose families pressure you into succeeding in an area they didn’t. Maybe it was a profession they once tried and failed at so now they see an opportunity in your life. They might live their dream through you but is it what YOU want? Some families even have names as part of a “tradition” but when your first is born, you are against it! Yep, that was me. I wasn’t dishonoring but not conforming and there is a difference. Even England’s Royal Family has their share of banter with the recent news of Harry and Meghan. It does affect us all.

I am reminded also of singer Shania Twain. She has always been one of my favorites and I read her autobiography years ago. Being Canadian, she was ostracized for wanting to record country music. That didn’t stop her. She didn’t have much family banter but business banter and that’s an issue too. Stephanie McMahon had to work her way up in the WWE without just having her last name as a bonus. She has mentioned this several times in various interviews. Her Dad made her work just as hard as anyone else and she has proved it without family business banter. Let’s not forget Shane as well!

Sure, if you are looking for success in a family business, it does help if something can be passed along. They can teach you the “ropes” and train since they’ve been there before. Will they disown you if stepping away is your choice? Maybe you’ll care, maybe you won’t. It is different if you love the job like them and embrace it. I mentioned Paige in the WWE a few weeks ago. She also came from a wrestling family but it was her dream to compete and make it in the business. That she did. Now, Simone Johnson is continuing with becoming a 4th generational wrestler. Am sure this is her choice without pressure from her Dad Dwayne–aka “The Rock.”

Pressure is everywhere and comes at us full speed sometimes like a rocket ship. You can apply this to other areas of your life like belief systems. Being raised a certain way doesn’t mean you need to adhere as a adult. Your families emotions are on them, not you. We do need to deal with fallouts but also have respect on both sides. Change is difficult to accept but necessary in life.

Some of us may even do better without a big family influence. We are self-learners but do still need help from others — albeit a few. That was Warrior’s life in pro wrestling. Many others fell into this category too but I often wondered if they felt isolated for that. Again, there are always pros and cons to every side. Some might’ve got distanced for not coming from a wrestling dynasty or legacy. That attitude only made Warrior want success even more. His younger daughter may follow in her Dad’s “boots” one day with Warrior’s Ultimate Spirit guiding along the way. Warrior believed too much in being an individual to ever pressure his daughter to become a wrestler. That choice is hers to make despite his passing.

We do share what we know but should do so without expectation. Warrior showed his daughters “moves” over the years because it was still part of him. I sang preschool songs and did crafts with my kids for years since it was still part of me. We know our strengths and share them but how one interprets it is their feeling. It is tough as a parent to see a strength in your child you so want them to pursue. Encourage– yes. Force–no. They need to figure out their life with parental guidance and not pressure.

We all just want to be happy and if you’re not, then get out of the business. This statement is partially credited to Andre the Giant and it is so true. Our success might not equate what family banter dictates but we still need to be ourselves fully. The pressure shouldn’t get too much where we feel discouraged. Don’t ever let that happen warriors as there should always be another solution. Family Business Banter may not affect us all but if it does, be true to you while always showing respect. You can succeed and WILL even without a family legacy.

*** P.S. Kerry Von Erich and the Ultimate Warrior came full circle after working together early on in the WCCW and then later in the WWE. I missed that P.S. of a few weeks ago! πŸ’™πŸ’™

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Many Meaningful Masks

We do wear lots of masks throughout our lives warriors as some may have read on this blog before. This post isn’t quite as deep as getting to the real us but does involve several “mask” stories of my OWN that became very meaningful. A few are slightly amusing but then a few are well…., not so much. I do believe I’ve mentioned painting the Ultimate Warrior’s mask on my face was never something I’d do. Dana has had her face marked with her own brand of warrior woman paint but I only dabbled in small symbols on my cheeks. After all, he did that for a brief time so for me that was enough.

When my youngest sister was still quite little, I loved coloring and drawing with her. We had a few chalkboards to use for many creations. Guess what I showed her? Yep, the Ultimate Warrior mask. Why did that pop in my head? I wasn’t sure she’d fully understand my intensity back then so it was just called a “cat mask.” O.K., I know it doesn’t really look like a cat face but she bought it and became my muse of choice. She actually does still remember those times! Glad my silliness was so memorable and unforgettable to her. Just like Warrior was and still is to me.

Another funny memory was painting Easter eggs. Being a teenage girl meant most were done with that tradition but again with having a sibling ten years younger made me still participate. I remember painting an egg purple and then adding his mask in the middle with yellow. Those are Easter colors for real! So very proud of how it turned out. I realize this sounds obsessive as perhaps even true fans out there didn’t do this. We all have weird stuff as teens and I gotta say that was mild compared to other things kids my age were doing. 😬Am sure you have your own crazy times too! This was sweet to me and I’ve shared a lot personally so there warriors– you get another interesting tidbit from my past.

These last few are a little bittersweet. When I heard about Warrior’s HOF induction, the months just seemed to fly by as that Spring came fast. Some will know how warm it was that April here in Ohio which is discussed in my book Spirit and Belief. My daughter was still into chalk drawing like her aunt many years ago. I drew the Ultimate Warrior mask on our driveway in many different colors so happy for his upcoming weekend. They were great as I hadn’t even tried drawing that mask in years. My girl never questioned the validity as it’s just a symbol. Little did she know how much it meant to her Mama. *** PAUSE*** A few days later, Warrior passed. πŸ’”

I still could see those colorful masks in one spot of our driveway out my window. It made me so sad, shocked, and angry. With no rain coming, they were erased by me without a trace remaining. It was too much then even with no tears but now, I’d leave them for different reasons. Even though the chalk was erased from that pavement, I could never erase him from my life no matter how hard I tried almost six years ago.

This time also coincided with my daughter having a Dance Party at her school along with face painting. She had these beautiful butterflies on her cheeks and loved them. A few days after Warrior’s passing and I see my girl’s face painted. Of course this isn’t his mask like the other stories but my emotions still fought it.

My Dad’s big 70th birthday party was the next night and with sleep, her butterflies faded a little. She asked me to paint them back on so she could show off her face to everyone. I obliged but told her Mama would do the best I could and to not get mad. My hands were shaking as I picked up that first brush and chose her color. Why? Come on Kathy– this isn’t his mask, what’s wrong with you? Well, that was how much of my grief got displayed. I just told her I was nervous since that wasn’t something she rarely asked of me. Warrior’s mask- No. Face paint-yes. It still mattered a lot. Never could I even put on the mask from the book “A Life Lived Forever.” I had held it up to my face but the strap broke. I wasn’t meant to wear it…

Warrior created his many painted masks for the Ultimate Warrior character which I never ever wanted to replicate. It wasn’t for me but I guess other meaningful mask stories came to be. To even think I had mask stories surprised me until back from my memory bank they were there again. Just like Warrior.

If any of you have ever painted the U.W. mask on yourself or anyone else, bravo! Your masks are meaningful to you just like mine were to me. Warrior painted different masks and each became a story with ultimate meanings. No chalk could ever be erased from my memory. He was there with or without his mask and still will forever be. πŸ’–πŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ™πŸ»

P.S. We recently finally saw the movie “Fighting with my Family” which depicts the true story of Paige in the WWE. I really needed a chalkboard to slide my nails down since it shows WMXXX and Monday Night RAW of April 7, 2014… 😳 The U.W. wrestling buddy doll is also in this movie so sorry for the spoiler alert!! My husband even liked it. Another chalkboard moment.

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