I may lose a lot of you in this next line, but that’s a chance I am willing to take. So, I watched the new “Andre the Giant” documentary that HBO created. It was awesome!
Andre was one of my idols growing up. I mean what can I say? He was a GIANT! The documentary did a nice job of speaking toward Andre the man and also to the mythology around what type of persona he was in the professional wrestling world.
Hands down, everyone who knew him says he was a very generous human being. Very nice and gentle, despite his size. In an interview Andre stated that he just wanted to make people happy. That’s why he travelled the world 300 days a year, being the greatest sideshow act in the pre-TV sports entertainment world.
He also stated that he was never able to be normal. Being as big as he was in the 70’s and 80’s, he could not go anywhere without immediately being recognized and/or ridiculed for his size. What a lonely life that must have been. However, despite that, he went on giving people an opportunity to live in that fantasy world where Giants exist.
I realized, after watching the documentary and thinking about his scenario, that Andre was a great example of what joy you can bring into your own life simply by bringing joy into others’ lives. That is what made him the most happy, was seeing his spectators ooh and awe at the feats he would perform.
So, if you have made it this far into the article about a long dead “Rassler”, then take that point away with you. The art of making others happy has an amazing effect in your own perspective and self-image. Happiness is the most contagious “disease” out there, so go spread it!