By Joe Putignano
Follow the writer as he is going on a harrowing trip from the USA Olympic education heart to homeless shelters to capturing heroin at the activity to being declared useless. This tale is going past habit. it really is concerning the fragility and tenacity of the human spirit and the way that spirit can redeem every certainly one of us by way of assisting to push us during the darkness, no matter if the darkness is from loss of life, divorce, or the affliction of addiction.
Acrobaddict is a narrative concerning the shut courting among athletics and drug addiction—how a similar power, obsession, and commitment which can create an Olympic athlete may also create a homeless drug addict.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred overview) After interpreting former Olympic gymnastics hopeful Putignano's sinister but intoxicating memoir of habit, restoration, and extra dependancy, you finally end up feeling like considered one of his closest buddies. The first-time writer, who now portrays Crystal guy in Cirque du Soleil's touring production...
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Practice finished during the restaurant’s busiest hour. I loved going back to the restaurant because I felt like I was hanging out with the adults and sat at the end of the giant, island-shaped bar doing my homework. My father would cook me something in the kitchen and my sister Trish would pour me a Coke using the bar’s soda gun. While other kids my age were getting ready for their next day of school, I was at the center of another world.
I could feel Dan had the knowledge and the map of how to get to my physical destination. My body understood his words before my mind could make sense of the movements. Thinking became the enemy. I had to believe in myself, let go of fear, and trust Dan with complete faith that he knew what I did not. Through gymnastics, the lion born inside me broke out of its cage. I would travel to the end of time to finish what I started, without letting anything get in my way. It became my way of communicating with the God I’d heard about.
I looked around the room and looked for something soft. I noticed our couch, which told the story of a family that had outgrown its comfort and moved on. Its emptiness and sadness were my solitude because I found a safe haven to attempt a flip. This old couch and its cushions would become my guardian angels and protect me from injury. My first cartwheel wasn’t great, but by the fifth try, it was perfect. It felt good to me, like someone had bottled freedom and I had just taken my first drink of it.
Acrobaddict by Joe Putignano