Then and Now… πŸ«ΆπŸ»πŸ’ͺ🏻☺️

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Tamer Rockstar πŸŽΌπŸŽΈ

This photo is somewhat out of center since I had to cut off a little girl who is probably close to 40 by now. Do any of you fans remember “Amanda Ultimate Warrior?” I’ll link her appearance on “The Brother Love Show” at the end. It gets my heart every time. I would LOVE chatting with her now, wonder what happened to her? So, most that saw the Ultimate Warrior back then with little face paint or just his logo like above, thought he had softened his image and in many ways he did. He started as a rockstar of sorts who became a little tame as years went on. I always wondered how it all came to be with his changes. Was it mostly Vince or were some of the ideas Warrior’s?

Some say they wanted to soften his look to be more like Hulk Hogan. Not exactly I know but possibly more approachable, less intimidating to fans, or whatever else. I always loved when his face paint peeled off but people liked it on since it identified the character. I have said this before. Let’s see what things changed besides his face. Blonder hair, less screaming in promos with more actual talking, having kids around in interviews like Amanda, etc.

In the beginning, the Ultimate Warrior was like that crazy nonsensical rockstar running around to his “Unstable” theme music, shaking ropes, thumping his chest, and so much more. Sure, he still did those things later on but his physical appearance just changed a bit. He must’ve liked the blonde hair look since that stayed throughout many years after he left the business, came back, and resurfaced yet again in 1998. The length changed too over the years. He even got an earring and tattoo later on which many weren’t doing at the time.

Have you ever felt the need to change something or perhaps many things about yourself to please another? Yes, I know with Warrior it was for different reasons but I always wondered about the stories behind it all. Did he agree just because he was the new Heavyweight champ? O.K., I have had my hair highlighted or done things differently than the norm but never did I feel like I had to do something drastic for a job. Many wrestlers change their look several times over the years but man, the backlash over Warrior and a few “new” things got people talking. Am sure the higher-ups felt some aspects with the character needed to move in a different direction and we as fans embraced it all, well we had to didn’t we? He even become quite smaller which started other rumors…

If any of us reset our physical traits, it’s usually because we want to or at least that’s how it should be. Kids will do things to get approval from friends but we as adults know better. We still want approval but just in other ways. When I became blonde, ( yes there were a few pics on here!) I did it for fun. I even had a pink streak in it for a while. Blondes don’t necessarily have more fun as the saying goes but it’s what we make of it. I just wanted to try something different I hadn’t before. Fame has its own rules though.

Am sure you can possibly think of someone who maybe had a certain reputation for years and then instead of a physical change, it was more of their personality that changed. I had talked about “sowing your wild oats” when younger and then when we age, maturity and tamer ways creep in. Sometimes, it needs to based on our life experiences and yet sometimes people hold on to their old ways. Warrior kept his long hair for a while but then fatherhood later on made him lop off his locks. Some won’t let that go since it so defines them like Hulk or even someone like Bret Hart. Everyone is different but Warrior wanted and needed to move past the hair that defined him.

Well, that’s enough about that as hair was also part of a past post but it is an obvious difference. Warrior bald- now that shocked a lot of people who followed him later on. We all tend to hold on to things in other ways because it’s like our security blanket. Sometimes though, you gotta drop the blanket Linus and move on. Despite all those attributes that made the Ultimate Warrior evolve, he still was that rockstar to me. Of course it was in a much other way and even though he became somewhat tame, it was still him underneath it all.

That’s what we all need to be. No matter what types of changes we go through physically, our inner person will remain the same. We may need to adapt somewhat but our core is still us and Warrior never wavered on his. There were many that have tried to duplicate the Ultimate Warrior but none truly succeeded because they weren’t really him. Maybe some were fooled but I never was. Amanda Ultimate Warrior and those other kids got to see their rockstar hero become a little tamer. It worked for a few but others missed his wilder ways. I loved it all because to me, behind that exterior was a man with a great message of belief in yourself. That meant so much more than any rockstar performance he put on with paint, no paint, blond or no hair, screaming or whispering. Whether or not he wanted to be tamed, the character succeeded. You’ll always be a rockstar Warrior- in or out of the ring. Plus, he ROCKS too as the most ultimate spirit!

https://youtu.be/EAn3rjBpQuw

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Looks and Locks πŸ€·πŸ»πŸ’

Are you aging gracefully or are you fighting it? Most like myself probably do both. Some things we accept but then some, well- we aren’t quite ready for. I found that video pic of Warrior in a hotel room courtesy of Andrew William Wright once again. Yes, I realize most prefer Ultimate Warrior photos and there’s always plenty of those but mixing it up is what I do! Warrior would attest to looks and locks for sure but being a celebrity means that microscope is constantly on you.

His looks changed somewhat over the years as U.W. but those locks never fully left until his girls were young. Some guys of WWE fame have kept their locks intact while maybe letting the color change. For women, it’s a different story but vanity connects us all. They want to keep that image fans recognize. Their outward appearance became such a part of them and yet they might find it hard letting go.

Are you insecure about letting change happen to you physically? I’ve mentioned this a little before but never regarding aging. Age has that way of sneaking up behind us while putting a sleeper hold across our head and neck! Do we submit or fight back? When younger, we can’t wait to get older but when older, we crave that youth. We want the younger skin, no gray hair, no reading glasses, and the like. Those that embrace aging- I applaud you. I don’t try and hide every wrinkle or fit into skinny jeans anymore. I still have my hair colored just a little and that moisturizer needs to be applied. You won’t find me getting botox, a facelift, or any injections ever. Fame influences that though.

We do change as we age, that’s a fact. Yes, I still workout but not as much cardio as even a few years ago. Hormones are telling me- nope, not gonna happen so I am listening. It upsets me but I am active in other ways just with more naps. It’s similar to a change in diet. We all know to eat healthier as time goes by.

Sometimes we give up younger looks of the past anyway. Warrior did and I was glad. Did fans really think he’d still have the long hair or exact same body at 50? Maybe so since he still worked his body hard but I knew he wouldn’t look the same. He felt it was time to move on to a new phase of his life and one never filled with regrets. Was that selfish to not think of being automatically recognized much? No, not at all. He felt personally despite others in the business that it was the right time to move on from younger ways. Some things or ideas are so easy to say: “See ya!” to but others we become attached with and it is difficult parting ways.

What is one thing- either a physicality, relationship, concept, or younger idea do you find hard giving up? It doesn’t have to be looks or locks but how about an outfit from decades ago you can’t donate. Maybe you have the first car you ever owned and it still runs. You barely drive it but can’t seem to sell it. Why? We do like to hold onto things but as warriors- we must move on to newer and better. I’m not saying give everything away or keep it all either but getting that balance is what wins the match. I’m guilty too, believe me!

Some stuff we are forced to change like when flat screens came out or music cassette tapes switched to CD’s. That’s exactly what Warrior was talking about on the video pic of him above. We do need to ask the question of why change happens. Is it for you or others? You might just try something new but maybe you want to please others. Sometimes we don’t even have a choice. With celebrities, it becomes tricky because they may need to make a change but don’t want to disappoint fans. The Ultimate Warrior character was able to alter some physical traits and fans still loved it all. Years later, he changed more dramatically of course. I’ve always wondered if he stayed in the business would the look be the same or change over time and age? Hmmm, I do wonder. πŸ€”

Looks, locks, and everything in between that we may switch up or perhaps don’t much at all. We know our flaws and try so hard covering them up but for how long? This is true for all of us- men and women and you will know your traits right away. We do need to age gracefully but it is ok to still have some vanity. After all, we are human and like what we like.

It can be our faces, bodies, clothes, hair, or anything that might mean moving on from. It’s up to you with how you age but just be happy. It’s your life so you get to decide. Fight like that warrior but then know when to put aside your sword to acceptance. βš”οΈ

~~~Check out Andrew William Wright’s YouTube channel for some great wrestling documentaries including several on Warrior! I’ve been referencing the London Expo of 2005 and there are a few uploaded. I thank him for keeping these around for us fans to see!πŸ‘πŸ’™

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