We’ve always liked and respected Evan Tanner, even as he was going through his wacky adventures. But I can’t tell you how much respect I’ve gained for him over the past few months as he transformed himself into a better person.
Just last week I thought he couldn’t gain any more respect from me, that my respect-o-meter was full to the top. But Evan just proved again why he’s the man, with a stirring entry in his journal about the real fight on March 2nd: to keep off the bottle after losing to Yushin Okami.
That moment, in the silence of the dressing room, faced with crushing disappointment, numbing embarrassment, and that heavy sadness, I faced the old demons. I felt so low, as if everything had been lost. I wanted to drink. I faced those old demons again, and I beat them down. I won the battle, and I won the war. I didn’t drink, and I won’t. That was my great test, one I had to face before I could really move on. I passed it. I stand triumphant, solid, UNSHAKEABLE.
The entire journal entry is way up there on my list of ‘things you need to read’. Go check it out. And once again, WAR TANNER.