April 11, 2017
Not exactly sure what time it is. My iPad says it's 9:30pm. Flying over the Atlantic Ocean right now. Finished watching some crazy as movie called the girl on the train. Just did a walk through on the plane to see what the kids were doing. Danny and Marlee age playing uno. They have a goal of not going to sleep. Joey is knocked out behind me, Liv is watching a movie and doing fine. Shaina is watching her second movie. This is a long flight and can't do anything but think. Random thoughts run through my mind, wrestling, family, business, future. This I think about all the time. Was hard for me to leave the kids today, knowing I would miss their birthday on Saturday. Omar started crying and didn't want me to go. Oliviah cried a little. I've never missed their birthday done they have been born.
I think about what the purpose of this trip is. Each individual has to have a purpose for this trip. I try to think of what everyone's purpose should be, obviously to get better and gain some type of perspective into their own individual wrestling. This trip is more than just wrestling for me. It's about being in a new environment, trying to find oneself as a wrestler and individual, appreciating the luxuries we have back home, and being able to come back home with a new sense of one's self and their goals. This is not a trip to learn to wrestle. This is not a trip to learn a new move. This is a trip to immerse oneself into a culture of wrestling that we don't see every day. A trip that can teach someone how to approach training, competition, this sport and life in general.
There are major tournaments coming up for each one of these individuals. What are their goals? What do they want to accomplish? What is their individual purpose? Hopefully everyone is here because they want to be. That's the first step to fully experiencing what this trip can do for them, physically, mentally, emotionally, and technically. For me, my goal is simple, find a way to get through to the kids to show them this is the first step to accomplishing something great in their lives.