By Joe Putignano
Follow the writer as he is going on a harrowing trip from the USA Olympic education middle to homeless shelters to taking pictures heroin at the task to being declared useless. This tale is going past dependancy. it really is in regards to the fragility and tenacity of the human spirit and the way that spirit can redeem each one among us through supporting to push us throughout the darkness, even if the darkness is from loss of life, divorce, or the disorder of addiction.
Acrobaddict is a narrative in regards to the shut dating among athletics and drug addiction—how an identical strength, obsession, and commitment which may create an Olympic athlete may also create a homeless drug addict.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred evaluate) After examining former Olympic gymnastics hopeful Putignano's sinister but intoxicating memoir of dependancy, restoration, and extra habit, you finish up feeling like considered one of his closest associates. The first-time writer, who now portrays Crystal guy in Cirque du Soleil's touring production...
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Her boyfriends’ faces were covered in greasy bangs that hid their eyes. They all looked like they had been drenched in a dark rain. On that particular night, something strange happened to my body. The more I ran around the house and played, the harder it became to breathe. It wasn’t like being out of breath, but felt more like there was no air at all. With my newfound control over flipping my body, I felt superior to sickness, and I became confused and irritated by what was happening. I played harder to break through this problem, but my breath wasn’t returning.
Walking down the hallways among the other children, I felt like an intruder. I was an alien from another planet, isolated and alone. I was the strongest boy in my grade, doing the most pull-ups, chin-ups, rope climbs, and sit-ups, but still no one wanted to hang out with me. A different vibe emanated from me; I was not like the others, and even though no one said a word, silently we all knew. It wasn’t just the other kids I had trouble with; my middle school gym teacher didn’t like me either. Even though I was strong, he saw something in me that I think made him uncomfortable.
Tara and I could make each other laugh—one of the best ingredients for a friendship. We did everything together; she slept over at my house on the weekends and we hung out all the time during recess. The other kids at school noticed our impenetrable union and didn’t like it. It was unusual for them to see a boy being best friends with a girl. Sometimes after school I played baseball, soccer, and football with the neighborhood kids. I loved playing sports, but there was too much standing around between actual movement.
Acrobaddict by Joe Putignano