It's that time again! Mike once again so kindly agreed to answer some questions for the Guys Behind the Blog link-up. I get so many comments that his answers are so detailed and I absolutely love hearing what he has to say every time. I would never think to ask some of these questions myself.
A: As a child, I was always very into things. I had a lot of things that I would become interested in and would get crazy immersed in. I liked sports cards, and spent every waking minute thinking about and buying sports cards. Then it was pogs. Then it was wrestling. That really hasn't changed. I've always liked sports, but as an adult my interest has really intensified. In that sense, I'm very similar to when I was a child. When I get into something, I'm all in. I don't really see my interest in sports being a passing interest like the fads of my youth given that it's always been a part of my life, but my level of interest mirrors how I felt about things I cared about when I was young.
Q: What does family mean to you?
A: Family means everything to me. I can honestly say that if it wasn't for our family, we'd no longer be living in Canada. The thought of being far away from our family was just too much to overcome, despite the overwhelming list of "pros" on the side of moving to the States. Some events of the last couple of weeks have taught me to never take for granted time with those we love.
Q: How would your family or closest friends describe you?
A: This is a pretty tough question to answer, because I know what I'd want them to say - which of course are all the most flattering things about my personality - but it seems pretty arrogant to say all those things about myself! I'd hope they'd describe me as loyal, thoughtful, caring, passionate, obsessive, brave, calm, analytical, hilariously sarcastic, and adventurous.
Q: What’s your fondest childhood memory?
A: I was blessed to have a really spectacular childhood. It's really tough to narrow down to one specific childhood memory, but two things that I'll always cherish are family vacations, and how my older brother always included me in his activities. While I'd never been on a plane until I was 21 years old, family road trips were a staple of my youth. We had family in Erie, PA who we visited often whenever we had a long weekend. I still get nostalgic whenever we're driving towards Erie on I-90 on our way to Pittsburgh. We also made other road trips to places like Virginia, Florida, New York, and Boston. While at times when you have all of your family in such close quarters there will be conflict, those memories and experiences are priceless.
My brother was also the best older brother I could ask for. Even though he was 8 years older than me, he'd always include me in his plans with his friends. If he and his friends went out to play basketball, he brought me along. If they went out to watch a wrestling event, I was invited. If he and his friends went to the mall, he'd bring me. When he played on baseball teams, I always ended up hanging out in the dugout or working as their bat boy. And I feel like I should add that this wasn't a case of my parents asking him to include me, he voluntarily included me. I will always be grateful and always consider him to be not only my brother but my best friend.
Q: What words of wisdom would pass on to your childhood self?
A: I'd tell my child self that things will not always come easy and that if you want to be the best you can be that you need to work at it. I wasn't the most motivated as a kid, and that's something that still plagues me now. I was fortunate enough that some things came easily and I could have success without working as hard as I could, but to be all that I could possibly be, I should have put forth a greater effort.