The Ultimate Warrior, Liberty, and MeSubmitted by Marc Clair on Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:37
To some of you this may seem silly, and it very well may be. But last night a man I had idolized as a child passed away at the age of 54 years old. This news was shocking to me, as only 2 days earlier I had seen the man live and in person at WrestleMania, where he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
What does this have to do with liberty? Well, mostly nothing.
But in many ways the character The Ultimate Warrior was an embodiment of personal liberty. It seems appropriate that this is the same day I received a gift in the mail from Michael Nystrom – a beautiful poster with the words “Liberty is the Right to be Who You Are.” Nobody seemed to personify this more than Jim Hellwig aka Warrior, a man who many have called “loony”, “crazy”, and all sorts of other names over the years (sound familiar, libertarians?). This was largely because he was always true to himself, and very much lived his life as the “Warrior” character both in and out of the ring, even going so far as to legally change his name to “Warrior.” For better or worse, Jim Hellwig was The Ultimate Warrior, and was in no way ashamed of it.
Perhaps a small part of childhood Marc recognized this quality in The Ultimate Warrior as a child. His charisma and enthusiasm and uniqueness inspired me and made feel like I could do anything I wanted if I just believed in myself. Including waging a tireless battle for the ideas of liberty in which I believe.
Ok, maybe I didn’t think that far ahead, and maybe I’m over thinking now in my somewhat emotional state, but either way I truly hope that The Ultimate Warrior rests in peace.
This post appeared as part of today's edition of The Morning Roar