Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Day 298: Bought A Pink Hat

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with professional wrestling.  I knew every guy from superstars like Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage all the way down to "jobbers" like the Brooklyn Brawler.  I practiced wrestling moves with my friends and had aspirations to one day be a "bad guy" manager known for my propensity to cheat to help my guy win (I was an odd child).  As I grew older, I realized that it was just a pipe dream of mine and that I would never get the chance to get slammed in the middle of the ring by the likes of the Ultimate Warrior.  However, just because I wasn't going to be a WWE Superstar didn't mean that I was going to stop watching professional wrestling.  Yes, I, a nearly 31 year old man with a wife and child, am admitting to the world that I still religiously watch wrestling every week.  I have also had the opportunity to see some big time Pay Per View events live and in person. 

The reason that I have had the opportunity to go to these shows is because my friend Jared's mother, Laufullia, has invited me to go with her, Jared, and Jared's brother, Adam, numerous times.  If you want to see a grown man look like a kid on Christmas morning, just find me when I get the call that she has invited me to go watch wrestling.  If you have never seen a wrestling event live, let me tell you, it is a whole other animal than watching on TV.  These guys are some of the biggest, strongest people you will ever see in person.  However, even when we are in the arena watching these wrestling superstars, I know that their strength pales in comparison to the strength that Laufullia has shown because she is a two time survivor of breast cancer.  I knew when I decided to dedicate this week to breast cancer awareness that I wanted to do a random act for her, but I wasn't sure exactly what to do.  Then it clicked.  I could do something that connected breast cancer awareness with professional wrestling! John Cena, one of WWE's top superstars, has come out with a line of pink shirts and accessories that they are selling on and at live events.  100% of the proceeds from the sale of these products goes to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help eradicate breast cancer.  So today, for my random act of kindness, I bought the above pink hat for Lufullia.  Not only is it a small token of gratitude for taking me to events, but it is a way to let her know that she is an inspiration and beacon of strength for myself and others.

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