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“—

*** You can also find me on Twitter, YouTube, and I am in a U.W. fb group…

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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