“Am I afraid of anything? Swimming. I have this stupid fear of sharks. Even in swimming pools. Oh, and besides sharks, I used to be afraid of raptors. I don’t know why. Maybe ’cause I watched Jurassic Park like five hundred million times. I had to shut my closet, I had to keep my door all the way open, I had to sleep under the covers. My mom used to say, ‘Mario, you can’t sleep like that. You’re going to kill yourself.’ I used to sleep under the covers and I’d have a little tiny hole for air, like the size of a straw.
“Also, I worry that I might not have anybody to really help me after my next surgery. Sometimes I worry about what it would be like if I didn’t have anybody to take care of me. And maybe, like, if I ever got married, if I ever had a kid and he had a heart condition I’d feel kinda bad ’cause maybe that’s my fault. Girls probably think about that with me and they probably don’t know that it isn’t genetic, that it just comes with the person.”
(pictured: Mario with his old pacemaker)