I lost my dad suddenly, my freshmen year right after counties.
In the game of life, I would call today a win.
It’s an odd moment when you are sharing both congratulations and condolenses.
I use to think it was tough being a wrestler’s girlfriend. But I was wrong.
Being a wrestler’s mom is tougher, and I love it.
I love telling stories about this sport and the people involved in it. It is my passion. Everyone has a story.
I would like to tell yours.
Thirty-three years later, what we understood now, that we didn’t quite comprehend then was it was the losses and not the wins that best prepared us for life. They taught us how to handle and come back from adversity.
He went on to share with me that his goal is to ‘just win one match in his high school wrestling career.”
Now, To you and I, that statement sounds like it comes from an underachiever – but if you ever knew his circumstances you would understand how overachieving and insurmountable “just one win” seems to him.
Did you know that the brain reacts 90% slower when it doesn’t have the right amount of water?
Do you know 80% of your strength is lost when you are dehydrated?
Did you know that it takes 48 hours to rehydrate?
What you do over and over, at first adds up, then multiplies, and eventually it has an exponential impact on the end result.
At first, one wrestles to win championships.
Then, after many years, one realizes it wasn’t the pursuit of championships that wrestling was all about –wrestling is about preparing you for life. I owe a great deal to this sport, that is why I write about it so passionately.
This book is a compilation of all my writing on the sport.