By A.J. Mendez Brooks
Recently retired WWE celebrity AJ Mendez Brooks is a powerhouse—strong, quirky, and absolutely convinced. yet that wasn’t constantly the case. With humor and great middle, she opens up for the 1st time approximately her harrowing fight to appreciate her demons and the analysis that helped her achieve keep an eye on over her existence.
Everything i used to be informed may be my maximum insecurities and weaknesses, every thing that I’ve been labeled—SHORT, NERDY, thin, susceptible, IMPULSIVE, gruesome, TOMBOY, bad, insurgent, LOUD, FREAK, CRAZY—turned out to be my maximum strengths. I didn’t develop into winning despite them. I turned winning due to them.
turning out 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 habit, poverty, and psychological sickness, she stumbled on get away via comedian books and games, and used to be encouraged via the cruel and unconventional girl characters. It wasn’t until eventually she found professional wrestling that she realized superheroes will be real.
decided to turn into the superhero she’d continually widespread, AJ educated and sacrificed for years to accomplish her dream of wrestling professionally. but she quick confronted strain to play the position of the damsel in misery and to decorate extra provocatively to cater to male lovers. yet she fought again and created an ass-kicking regulate ego that was once a real illustration of herself: nerdy, enthusiastic, and a bit crazy.
With humor and super center, AJ opens up for the 1st time approximately her harrowing fight to appreciate her demons and the psychological sickness prognosis that helped her achieve regulate over her lifestyles. What most folk view as a difficulty, AJ embraced as inspiration for her superhero character, shattering the stigma hooked up 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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Extra resources for Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules
It was a tight fit. The concept of a stocked fridge and hot water was so foreign to our family, we abused the privileges and became a nuisance. We were less the Six to their Blossom, and more the Urkel to their Family Matters. Understandably, we wore out our welcome in a few short weeks. But so desperate to be rid of us, instead of kicking us out, my aunt and her family simply packed their belongings and moved to another state. We had been welcomed in, allowed to share their food, and eventually forced them out of their own home.
Taking this as the ultimate sign of betrayal, Grandma walked him the half mile back home, holding on to his feet and completely ignoring his blood-drawing pecks at her hands. “You never betray a Mendez woman” she instructed me in broken English and proceeded to chop his head off with a machete. I wish she would’ve also instructed me to look away. We had rooster for dinner that night, and I decided I would stop naming the farm animals. Poor “Home Boy” never saw it coming. Coincidentally, I would be a vegetarian for the next thirteen years, but at least I had learned a snappy catchphrase and a swift solution to disloyalty that would terrify all future boyfriends.
We all could use a good bath, and our ribs protruded a little from lack of nutrition. We were all wary of our surroundings, wondering when the rug would be pulled out from under us, forcing us to find a new place to rest our heads. But we were all so appreciative, so content to have the simplest comfort and sanctuary for as long as we could. We were rough around the edges, but that didn’t make us worthless. Being a little damaged does not make someone broken. It just means they have better stories to tell and cooler scars.
Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules by A.J. Mendez Brooks