I am burning with envy

My cousin Jimmy sent me a link to this…

I loved the Hulkster as a kid. I still hold a great admiration of this living legend. I used to watch wraslin’ every weekend with my family. It was our thing. My dad would cook burgers or hot dogs and we would watch JYD, Hulk, Tito, Coco, Macho Man, Big John, Piper, The Animal, Andre, Bundy, Moraco, Hercules, Funk, The Dragon, Superfly, The Snake, Dibiasi, Rude, Beefcake, and Volkoff battle for square circle dominance.

I remember the match when Hulk Hogan broke the Iron Sheik’s ultimate move, the Camel Clutch.

This match changed my life. I wanted to be a real American. These words filtered through my ears to my heart.

I am a real American, Fight for the rights of every man,
I am a real American, fight for what’s right, fight for your life!

When it comes crashing down, and it hurts inside,
ya’ gotta take a stand, it don’t help to hide,
Well, you hurt my friends, and you hurt my pride,
I gotta be a man; I can’t let it slide,
I am a real American, Fight for the rights of every man,
I am a real American, fight for what’s right, fight for your life!

I feel strong about right and wrong,
And I don’t take trouble for very long,
I got something deep inside of me, and courage is the thing that keeps us free,
I am a real American, Fight for the rights of every man,
I am a real American, fight for what’s right, fight for your life!

Well you hurt my friends, and you hurt my pride,
I gotta be a man; I can’t let it slide,
I am a real American, Fight for the rights of every man,
I am a real American, fight for what’s right, fight for your life!
I am a real American, Fight for the rights of every man,
I am a real American, fight for what’s right, fight for your life!

Even this day when I see the Hulkster I am reminded of that adolescent idealism. I still want to fight for the underdog. I still cannot let oppression go unchallenged. I still loyal to those I love.
Now I expand the scope of those I love. I seek to lessen the suffering by my direct hand and by the things I should do and do not. I pray that I am filled with courage, strengthen, and joy to be a Kingdom Builder. Hulkster told me to say my prayers and eat my vitamins. I do and I pray that I never cease fighting.

I sign off burning with envy that Jimmy got to be in the shadow of the Hulkster.

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