I had plenty of challenges. Since my father left when I was young, every day was a struggle to survive in my large family. I was the 11th child out of 13 children. Despite being raised by a single mother far from wealth, she still taught us about love, support, compassion, having each other’s backs. She was a loving mom but she was tough, because she feared if she pampered us we would make excuses in life instead of a difference! I also had people who invested in my life and introduced me to different way of thinking, and even to wrestling. I experienced firsthand on how just some time and re-directing in a child’s life can make a major difference.
Being in certain types of environments it makes the kids think this is all they can expect, and someone need to let them know IT’S NOT. They need encouragement to believe there are other things out here and they can pave their own way. They’re in a quite hard atmosphere and one hour taking and redirecting their minds means so much to them and to their future. I wanted to be a part of encouraging them to be successful in life, have a good career, a family, and be something that is positive. Let them know that they may not receive a ton of opportunity, but the ones they DO, to maximize it!
I’ll tell them, “If you have a drip left, give it! What are you saving it for? Don’t save it in the classroom, don’t save it on the mat, and don’t save it in life!”
This is really my passion and what I take pleasure in doing. Individuals assume that battling is your life however, talking to youngsters, mentoring, repaying, that’s my interest. This will be my last job, and I truly look forward to it!