By A.J. Mendez Brooks
Recently retired WWE big name AJ Mendez Brooks is a powerhouse—strong, quirky, and absolutely convinced. yet that wasn’t continually the case. With humor and super middle, she opens up for the 1st time approximately her harrowing fight to appreciate her demons and the prognosis that helped her achieve keep an eye on over her lifestyles.
Everything i used to be instructed could be my maximum insecurities and weaknesses, every thing that I’ve been labeled—SHORT, NERDY, thin, vulnerable, IMPULSIVE, grotesque, TOMBOY, negative, insurgent, LOUD, FREAK, CRAZY—turned out to be my maximum strengths. I didn’t turn into profitable despite them. I turned profitable due to them.
growing to be up AJ used to be a quiet woman attempting to act “normal” whilst she felt something yet. As her kin struggled with drug dependancy, poverty, and psychological sickness, she stumbled on get away via comedian books and games, and used to be encouraged by way of the cruel and unconventional girl characters. It wasn’t until eventually she chanced on seasoned wrestling that she discovered superheroes may be real.
made up our minds to turn into the superhero she’d continually favourite, AJ educated and sacrificed for years to accomplish her dream of wrestling professionally. but she speedy confronted strain to play the position of the damsel in misery and to decorate extra provocatively to cater to male fanatics. yet she fought again and created an ass-kicking adjust ego that was once a real illustration of herself: nerdy, enthusiastic, and slightly crazy.
With humor and super middle, AJ opens up for the 1st time approximately her harrowing fight to appreciate her demons and the psychological sickness analysis that helped her achieve regulate over her lifestyles. What most folk view as a hassle, AJ embraced as inspiration for her superhero personality, shattering the stigma connected to psychological illness.
Charting her trip from a scrappy woman in an volatile domestic to an empowered wrestling champion, Crazy Is My Superpower is an unflinchingly sincere tale and courageous confessional approximately her lengthy highway to self-acceptance.
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