*** This post is a few days early as I have some other important matters coming up…
Are you spontaneous warriors or are you more of a planner? Perhaps you are both. I’m always about a balance but am sure you know your traits by now. I myself am more of a planner like Warrior was ( and still is!) but spontaneity sneaks in too sometimes. Some feel being spontaneous is ultimately freeing while to some it feels like all will go wrong. Hmmm, which is it?
I’ll share a few little positives about being spontaneous. This story is in my book Spirit and Belief and I did blog it a few years back. It’s a perfect example so I’ll abbreviate just a little. Back in 2016, many dreams started coming and one was about Warrior’s wife Dana. I decided on a whim to contact her on the website and did right before a yoga class. When I returned, an email was waiting for me in my inbox from Dana! I was floored and totally stunned. Am sure she wouldn’t do this today.
That printed email sits proudly on my dresser where I can read it everyday. That was being spontaneous with a great result. O.K., maybe not totally but I did it without any expectations at all.
Even though much of pro-wrestling is scripted, some things of course are not. They never know what the crowd will say or do. The athletes in the ring may respond or maybe they won’t. When The Ultimate Warrior insulted Hulk Hogan on an episode of WCW’s Nitro back in August 1998, spontaneity brought much fun. At least it was for me. Warrior began a speech and the crowd started chanting: “Hogan Sucks!” many times. He silenced them by raising his hand and saying: “Let’s talk about something he doesn’t know!” To think some people didn’t see Warrior’s funny side. I did and it worked.
We do need both and even if a spontaneous action doesn’t work, at least you can say you went for it anyway. You can’t always fully plan everything and we need the unexpected moments too. That WCW episode also had Warrior referencing the man behind Hogan as his “barber.” It was Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake but I didn’t know then. He later became “The Disciple” as part of the NWO storyline involving Warrior. No idea if they all knew Warrior was planning that comment but it’s a reaction that becomes spontaneous. Those responses can lead to much humor.
Can you think of a spontaneous moment in your life that worked? I bet you can if you try hard enough. Just because it might’ve failed, keep that spontaneity since it helps us stay balanced. Some life decisions have to be carefully thought out and planned as am sure you know. We can’t just run around amuck without any direction or guidance. Warrior referenced this as Eric Bischoff wanted the WCW to be spontaneous but it wasn’t working too well. Nowadays, no one can even just crash at a hotel for the night before making a reservation ahead of time.
If we’re too cautious, opportunities may pass us by but if we plan everything, the fun goes away. I’m not saying to take too many leaps of faith here but just small ones on occasion. If I never would’ve agreed to be set up on a blind date with my husband, we may never have met. The same can be said about Dana meeting Warrior. Sure, she wanted to get her resume out there but wasn’t intimidated by him and took that chance at his gym. These encounters might have bombed for both of us but they didn’t. Even if they did, I would never abandon taking a chance with spontaneity and am sure Dana wouldn’t either.
It’s all in your mindset warriors. Some decisions can’t be undone and may have bad results because of spontaneity. Those are lessons learned which make us stronger for the next time. As warriors, it can be a challenge since we get fixated on how it needs to be. It isn’t all or nothing even though it may seem that way,
Warrior was an extreme person and planned many aspects on how he wanted his life to go. There were “bumps” along the way but there were also moments of spontaneity– rare as it was. I wanted to find some old WWF bloopers with him but couldn’t find any! Sure, there are plenty of videos out there that are extremely funny but very few moments with him. Some former wrestlers have discussed his humor so it does exist! If anyone has some, let me know since I’d love to see them. Dana has also mentioned his silliness so I always loved hearing those stories as well.
Be spontaneous warriors even just sometimes. You’ll have good antics to share and it’ll bring out your funny side. 😂😜 We need planning but the fun needs to be part of that tag team too! Warrior has given me some funny spontaneous moments as a spirit and he knows my humor by now. Find that balance to work for you warriors and always believe in spontaneity. Just not ALL the time… 😉