How Wrestling Taught Me That It’s Okay to Cry

The most important life lesson from a life on the mat.

Me, in blue, terrified on a wrestling mat. Photo by my Dad circa 2009.

I’ve always been insanely competitive.

The first time I wrestled a competitive match in 7th grade, I was thrown on my head, held down, and pinned in 30 seconds.

I was crushed, literally, and mentally.

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