WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?
That is the question I have been asked a lot lately. Why did you write Wrestling with Your Destiny? Why are you hosting a blog? Isn’t that a lot of work? The questions have helped me reflect on my reasons a lot. I am grateful for the questions and the people who asked them. Just as I was grateful for the people who used to ask why I wrestled at all.
First let me answer the work part. Yes it’s a lot of work. My book was over three years in the making. Mostly rewriting parts and editing others. Three years is a long time for anything, even for a book. When I published it, I felt like I was releasing a part of me into the world. I guess that I actually was in a way. Except, I am constantly changing and the book is frozen in time. Enough of that rant.
Why am I doing this?
My stock answer for the past month has been, “It’s my way to give back to the sport that made me who I am.” The answer may not sound genuine but I promise you it is. Honestly, the more I think about it, the truer the statement becomes. That is why I am doing it. I want younger wrestlers to have what I didn’t when I was their age. A place to go outside of my town’s coaches, to answer questions about the sport I loved. While my wrestling schools throughout the years were great for me, if my parents were not willingly to shell out the cash, I would have been out of luck. There are certainly parents who either cannot afford wrestling school, don’t see the need for it, or maybe don’t think wrestling is as important as it really is to their son or daughter.
I made this blog because I know that even a $9.99 price for Wrestling with Your Destiny may be too much for some people. I want what’s inside of my head available for everyone and anyone that wants it. I learned most of it the hard way and if I can make wrestling a little easier for someone, that’s my goal.
What you can do?
If you find that this blog and/or book does accomplish their goal of helping you reach your goals…pay it forward. Help someone in the future reach their goals. You can do this in a number of ways, from volunteering to help coach at a school that has been struggling for years or even starting your own blog. Everyone is different and unique, and if you make it through this sport, you come out on the other end better. So the next time someone asks you, why do you wrestle? Why did you do this or that?
Politely answer like this: The real question is, why don’t you wrestle? Why don’t you do what I am doing?