Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, by A.J. Mendez Brooks

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 continuously the case. With humor and super middle, she opens up for the 1st time approximately her harrowing fight to appreciate her demons and the analysis that helped her achieve regulate over her lifestyles.
Everything i used to be informed could be my maximum insecurities and weaknesses, every little thing that I’ve been labeled—SHORT, NERDY, thin, vulnerable, IMPULSIVE, gruesome, TOMBOY, negative, insurgent, LOUD, FREAK, CRAZY—turned out to be my maximum strengths. I didn’t develop into profitable despite them. I grew to become profitable as a result of them.
turning out to be up AJ was once a quiet lady attempting to act “normal” while she felt whatever yet. As her relatives struggled with drug dependancy, poverty, and psychological ailment, she came upon get away via comedian books and games, and used to be encouraged through the harsh and unconventional lady characters. It wasn’t until eventually she found professional wrestling that she discovered superheroes should be real.
made up our minds to turn into the superhero she’d regularly trendy, AJ expert and sacrificed for years to accomplish her dream of wrestling professionally. but she speedy confronted strain to play the function of the damsel in misery and to decorate extra provocatively to cater to male enthusiasts. yet she fought again and created an ass-kicking regulate ego that used to be 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 ailment analysis that helped her achieve regulate over her existence. What most folk view as a complication, AJ embraced as inspira­tion for her superhero personality, shattering the stigma connected to psychological illness.
Charting her trip from a scrappy lady in an volatile domestic to an empowered wrestling champion, Crazy Is My Superpower is an un­flinchingly sincere tale and courageous confessional approximately her lengthy street to self-acceptance.

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This was the first time I had seen how much blood was really inside of me. I had soaked a bath towel through, lost my hair, and somehow convinced myself it didn’t hurt. I was sure I had willed myself into being okay. Could this be my very own superhero origin story? Sure, it wasn’t as cool as gamma rays, but I was convinced something special was afoot. Naturally, I wondered what other kind of damage I could withstand. When a shouting match with Erica inevitably ended with me in tears, I thought I had the perfect amount of rage-filled adrenaline to test the resiliency of my skull again.

Before he could blink, it connected with a dull thud, almost knocking him off his chair. I thought I saw some of his third-grade mustache instantaneously fly off. ” he yelled, tears welling in his eyes. My small hands had normally felt weak and ineffective when used against my siblings, but with the power of indignation, it was a mighty hand of justice. Why had no one ever told me violence was the key to solving problems? That felt like a serious lack of communication. A boy twice my size had tried to bully me and I made him frickin’ cry.

I came to this conclusion after holding my almost see-through, pasty-white arm next to his naturally tanned face and accusing him of either stealing all my melanin or being a Filipino stranger’s love child. He promptly told me the truth—that I was always so sick because I was adopted from a third-world country’s Dumpster. ” He skateboarded on rooftops, Rollerbladed while holding on to the rear bumpers of strangers’ cars, and had the sweetest Pog collection this side of the Hudson River. (From left to right) Erica, a slug, Robbie The only thing I didn’t like so much about him was his undying hatred for me.

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