Today we were given the challenge to write about a person we never met whose death had an impact on us. I write a lot about God, running, and cancer and how that impacts my life. I could seriously have picked many people who I never met, whose death has impacted me.
Some names that come up right off the top of my head are: Erma Bombeck, Gilda Radner, Maya Angelou, Jimmy V, Abe Lincoln, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente and I could keep going and going.
I really could write for hours about Jesus Christ who died on the cross for my sins.
I could write about my grandfathers. One died when I was only 5 and the other died before I was born. I have heard a lot about both of them but it would have been great to spent time with them.
I really was impacted a lot by Brian Piccolo. His never give up attitude was an inspiration to so many and continues to be to this day. The movie “Brian’s Song” is a must see for everyone and will get even the manliest of men to tear up.
The person that I am going to focus on is Lou Gehrig. On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig delivered what is now known as sports’ most famous speech. Suffering from the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), he died less than two years later at the age of 37.
I truly don’t know that much about him other than what I have seen in baseball clips and what I saw in the movie “Pride Of The Yankees”.
What I can say is that his quotes have inspired me more than I can write about in this short time.
“I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for.”-Lou Gehrig
When I was going through chemotherapy for stage-3 colon cancer, I would often think about his speech and his attitude. How often are we in positions to have pity parties by focusing on the negative instead of clinging to all of the true blessings in our lives?
Long days with whiny kids can have even the best of parents wishing the day would end. Then the next morning comes up and they snuggle with the kids in bed and they remember how blessed they are.
I have had some bad breaks in my life too. I had a brain tumor, colon cancer, I saw a 13 year marriage end in divorce, and I am sure I can come up with some other things that have happened along the way.
I really am blessed though. I am so fortunate to be married to my best friend (she’s really hot too-I totally married out of my league), I have great kids, and I have countless fantastic friends and family who I love so much and love me back.
I couldn’t agree more with Lou Gehrig when he said,
“People all say that I’ve had a bad break. But today . . . today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”
I truly am the most blessed man on the face of this earth. Thanks for the words, Lou!
From “Pride Of The Yankees”
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