I think everyone out there sometimes needs to be brought down to earth every now and again, a quick dose of reality will perhaps reset their opinions of themselves and possibly help the ego find a better balance than what it is.
We aren’t always right, it is a very hard message to get into a teenage skull, teenagers are always right, especially when they are wrong, I should know, I used to be one. So how do we ground these tearaway spirits and get the message across?
Well, first of all you need someone who is patient and willing to give a little advice to someone who, in perspective, will not want to hear anything bad said about them. They will moan to high heaven about being picked on, they will try to cajole others into what they see as their “cause” and then they will begin petty displays of resistance.
Of course this isn’t restricted to teenagers, a lot of adults never get out of that position of standing your ground when someone challenges your view. I learnt a lot of things at University, some things bad, some things good, but my biggest lesson that I learnt was that if something really kicks you in the gut when someone criticises you or your creation, it’s usually because you know they are right.
I found that feeling when someone had taken video evidence to back their case up “against” me, I use the term loosely, they just used it to prove their point to me. The evidence was both damning and devastating, but I lived and used that revelation to better myself.
I find myself again staring at a TV screen and watching myself perform and sometimes it is a sobering experience.
It is too easy for a wrestler to be overly proud of what they have achieved. Of course, taking nothing away from them, I am sure that you will find that professional wrestlers work hard week in week out to make sure they are in a condition to entertain you. It is just that sometimes you can get caught up in your own achievement and worst of all, your own hype!
Video evidence can bring a wrestler back down to the ground from the dizzy heights of their own success. I found that it happened to me recently, it was a bit of a shock to see that perhaps I am not as good as I thought. I’ll bounce back from that, it has spurred me on to work even harder towards my goals, perhaps even given me a little of my passion back.
Some fans like to think they know everything about professional wrestling, but they don’t (If you feel angry about that statement, read the bit above again). I remember one fan making the comment to me about a camera being there so I could revel in my own glory, then make some money out of it. I smiled to myself, knowing that in training I would be criticised on what that camera had shown. Sometimes fans do mistake wrestlers with the fans-who-have-learnt-to-wrestle, let’s get the differences straight, as a wrestler is usually a fan of a better wrestler. Wrestlers do it for the fans, not for themselves. The wrestler watches himself to improve himself not approve himself.
I know some people will harshly criticise me in whatever I do, these tenets I write are my opinion, my learning and an insight into how Saracen works as a wrestler. However, some will see what I say as a personal attack on their beliefs, sorry, that is just the way it is with me, I say as I learn and I have listened to a lot of good wrestlers impart their advice to me. The one thing I have learnt is that you have to toughen up, you can’t let everything get you down and you cannot let your ego rule your life. This lesson I learnt a long time ago, but my time as a wrestler has set this lesson in stone.
It really doesn’t matter what you say because “Once again, the 350lb warrior steps into the ring, and you know the Saracen in fighting tonight!”
Oh, and Bring back cheesy 80s wrestling!!!!