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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Random Post Saturday - 11/23/13

Sick Moves Bam Bam.

It's 2:24 am and insomnia has kicked in so I figured I get a jump on what's becoming a favorite of mine, Random Post Saturday.

Seeing as Turkey Day is a couple of days away I figured I'd share what I am thankful for this year. Of course I'm thankful for loved ones and good health but one thing I've grown to appreciate is all of you. Yes all of you fine people of the Internet Wrestling Community. Now this may come off as sort of sappy for the sake of getting a few "awwww" reactions but allow me to explain.

The Wrestling Chronicle/Piledriver Podcast has given me purpose. If you're a regular listener of the podcast you might of heard me bring up the fact that I was born with cerebral palsy. For those that don't know, cerebral palsy is defined as: a condition marked by impaired muscle coordination (spastic paralysis) and/or other disabilities, typically caused by damage to the brain before or at birth. In my case I am unable to walk under my own power. I use crutches and a wheelchair as a main mode of getting around. Thankfully I was born with a very mild case of CP. Some severe cases are almost vegetable like. For the majority of my life I never let my CP bring me down because what's the point of dwelling on something that is completely out of your control? I say the majority of my life because of course I dealt with the harshness of bullying as a kid and it's not really that fun being the spectator while everyone runs and plays around you. As I became an adult and it was time to be on my own that's when the burden of my condition reared it's ugly head. 

I live in a really crappy section of New Jersey where unemployment is almost double the national average. Most of the jobs in the area industrial sort of hands on labor that would never hire a disabled person, farm work - can't do that, my wheelchair tires would ruin the crops. Retail - can't lift much so unless I can stick to cashier work and all the seditary office jobs in my area require degrees. It's a no win situation. I recieve government assistance and although I make less than $8,000 a year it's something and I'm not homeless so I really can't complain. But is that really how one would want to live? With every life decision is based on whether you have enough money that you technically didn't earn?

Now I know what some of you are thinking, what does any of this have to do with wrestling? Wrestling is truly the only thing I feel I know almost as much as the next person who's been watching religiously for the past 20+ years. Of course with that amount of time invested into learning everything I could about pro wrestling I daydream endlessly on what it would be like to chase and achieve the dreams of a pro wrestler. As we learned earlier, the daydreams shall forever remain exactly what they are.

Just because I can't wrestle doesn't mean I can't be apart of wrestling. I need to be apart of it. Wrestling is all I know. This is where The Wrestling Chronicle comes in. At first it was something to occupy my time because my free time was basically endless. However anyone who knows me personally knows I am incredibly lazy and I start many things that I simply just don't finish. It's mainly because I always feel like whatever project I create, the dreams of making it big simply don't meet the demands of the product. I basically felt not enough people gave a [crap]. TWC simply started because I was so mad The Rock beat CM Punk at Royal Rumble 2013 and I needed a way to vent my displeasure. I understood why it happen but dammit I hated that it did. 

I started the blog with full intention of just forgetting about it over time. To my surprise while reaching out to plug whatever my amateur journalistic brain had typed, people were actually interested in what I wrote, what I had to say. So I figured why not? Try and build a following and if that works who knows what else you can do with this thing. That's exactly what started to happen and to my astonishment every day since then. Next thing you know I have a site that people seem to enjoy and people who I genuinely consider friends that I've never even met in real life! Working on The Wrestling Chronicle for the past 9 months has seriously been the coolest thing I've ever done. From interacting with die hard wrestling fans, starting a podcast, to being able to work with an organization like CZW who allows me to come into their world and annoy their talent. To me it's a blessing because for this kid with cerebral palsy, all he's ever wanted was to belong.

I won't lie, I do hope that the work I'm putting in leads to something bigger for me. Financially of course but more so to say I achieve my goals, the new set of dreams I've set for myself. To be apart of professional wrestling. From wrestling mark to someone respected whether it be as a wrestling reporter or working to help find new talent for all the world to see. Just because I'm in a wheelchair doesn't mean I can't make this happen.

So in closing I just wanted to reiterate that I am thankful for anyone and everyone who has given me support, advice, and just making me feel like what I do matters. Where The Wrestling Chronicle is now may seem small to most but to me, who never expected it to even get to where it is, it means more than I could ever put into words. Thank you. I hope to continue growing, learning, and striving to make the site and what I do a place for ALL wrestling fans to share their love and opinions.

Never give up on dreams. There's always a way to make them reality. Always.

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