I grew up in Oklahoma City, land of WWF matches, drag racing strips, roller rinks and Sooner football. At a young age, the wrestlers that came to town fascinated my brother and I. Andre the Giant was his favorite and I had a crush on Gorgeous George. We frequently argued over who would win if they were ever scheduled in a match. I mean there was no comparison – Andre the Giant was a hulk at 7’4” and Gorgeous George was only 5’9”. But to say George was confident would be an understatement. No one could match his flamboyant style as he entered the arena to the melodic notes of Pomp and Circumstance, donning his sequined robe as his ring valet tossed rose petals at his feet. His showmanship was legendary and later both Muhammad Ali and James Brown would cite GG as the inspiration for their own self-promotion. Anyway, no one could convince us that the wrestling wasn’t real and I actually cried watching a match on WKY TV when a ceiling tile fell on GG’s head, cutting it open and spilling blood into his golden curls.
Life Lesson #1 – You don’t have to be the biggest or baddest to win.
Life Lesson #2 – Stone cold stunners and other heavy blows may knock you down but you can choose to get up and keep fighting.
Life Lesson #3 – Be creative and enjoy your individuality.
Fantasy is a fickle mistress. If you don’t believe, then it is nonsense to you. But if you believe, you will open you heart to unexpected life lessons and a world of imagination.