“He may as well have been from another planet, he was that good.”
So good, Owen is still proof that you don’t always need to win the most title belts (even though he won many) and you don’t need to be in the main event match of every single show (even though he was several times), to leave a lasting legacy that overpowers the nearly 17 years between now and his departure from the living world.
I say left the living world because to say he died or is gone, isn’t one hundred percent true. Pieces of his career, the feeling of his beaming smile, fits of laughter and memories of a caring man, who went above and beyond, live within everyone who came across him at one point or another. And an everlasting feeling of thankfulness will live inside of me always. In the dark unknown time in my life that followed being bullied, in the time period of feeling like a failure after I left the first university I was enrolled in, during the feelings of loss when a good friend also left the living world, AND during nearly a year in a meaningless draining job, Owen could still create that smile on my face and a feeling of warmth.
Not only has he done that but, his words and actions have pushed me above all to keep going. “It’s unacceptable to just sit on the couch and say I’m not doing anything. You’ve got to get out and do everything you can.” I sit here as a successful college graduate, who is no longer in that meaningless job, pursuing something more, largely due to Owen Hart. The passion I have decided to pursue has been discovered thanks to Owen Hart. Endless stories of his kindness to even relatively unknown strangers have inspired me to pursue the type of career that gives back, some way to make a mark of positivity upon the world and if that mark in the world is only half as much as he created, I feel as though I would be doing very well. I wish to carry on a piece of his values in a world that is way too often filled with people tearing each other down, rather than building someone up.
Thank you, Owen, for being the person you were because, without you, I would have been very much lost. I’m honoured to have you be a part of my identity with this website and for being the ever present figure to be looked up to. You’ve brought many people into my life that I would not have known without being a fan of yours.
What really matters is not when or how soon, or if someone gets inducted into the Hall of Fame, it’s not who is right or wrong in the painful battles from the past that forever seem to get brought up, it’s not how many title belts you can hold or how long you can hold it or how much money you made someone…it’s how you made people feel. How well you crafted those memorable moments, that you reached others with the best part of you to offer love and support, that you made the best out of what you were given and fought through the moments that you thought would tear you apart, all can make a difference in the fingerprint you leave in the heart or mind of someone else. THAT was Owen Hart, the champion of leaving fingerprints on people’s lives. The champion that doesn’t just leave his name in record books, his name is spoken with pride and a sense of strength.
Everyone has the right to carry on his memory in how they love to. It’s great to see the Owen Hart Foundation doing so much giving to people who have so much potential. It’s great to hear family and co-workers speak of his impact on countless podcasts or interviews across generations. It’s great to have easier access to a huge part of his life in the ring. His legacy is so alive, he’s not really gone.
Owen, I hope you’re proud of everything you accomplished and for being the epitome of integrity and honesty. We are sure proud to be a part in keeping your heart beating in the living world.
Peace and Love,
Cassidy Ash, half of the inourharts.com Webmiss tag team <3 (@theowenhartfan - Twitter)
P.S. I’d like to thank anyone who has stuck with or visited our website. Kris and I are working hard to restore the photo gallery to its former state of glory (as some of you know we lost the entire thing a bad server move a couple years back). We aren’t going anywhere and we will never stop bringing you memories of Owen. Thank you for all your love and understanding and taking part in the journey with us.