Saturday, May 26, 2012

Inspiration and Taking up Challenges

First I must convey that I am no positive thinking guru or anyone who had studied deep in to this area. These are some thoughts that came into my mind and here I try to express them using a simple real world scenario. 

Let me ask me you a simple question first, who is the most inspired person in your life. For many it would be their parents. And for some young people it could be Bill Bates, Steve Jobs or any other successful businessman. If I give you my answer to that same question, mine is somewhat different, he is neither a businessman nor IT guru. His name is ‘Lance Armstrong’. And he is a cyclist. Well if some of you have already heard about Lance and his life you might have already guessed what I am trying to bring up here.

“On October 2, 1996, then aged 25, Armstrong was diagnosed as having developed stage three testicular cancer (Embryonal carcinoma). The cancer spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain. On that first visit to an urologist in Austin, Texas, for his cancer symptoms he was coughing up blood and had a large, painful testicular tumor. Immediate surgery and chemotherapy were required to save his life. Armstrong had an orchiectomy to remove his diseased testicle. After his surgery, his doctor stated that he had less than a 40% survival chance.” Source Wikipedia

In middle of all this ambition to competitive racing didn’t disappear. After discovering the cancer, he competed in many races and won. His famous victories being the 7 Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005. The point that I am trying to bring out here is that many of us face different problems in our lives at different stages. That could be either family matters, issues related to your work place or any other problem. We might get direct solutions to some while some problems may take a long time to solve; they say “Time is the best healer” isn’t it. The negative aspect of all these is that when many of us encounter such issues we would try hang to those and mess up every other important thing in our lives. I have seen this happen to many people in our time. What I am not trying to say here is to forget everything in your life and start all over everything. The simple way to look at problems is to think that we all are humans. Such things are part and parcel of our lives and try to fight over it.

After getting to know that he has stage three cancer and his death is inevitable Lance Armstrong could have stayed on a bed for the rest of his life without doing nothing. If he had done so he may had received compensation from the government as well. Instead he took the hard way, fought his way through everything and achieved something that so other cyclist has ever achieved. Humans are a very special and very talented kind of species. If a human being put his mind into something and try to achieve it, it could be done easily. Prime example is the Enlightment of Prince Siddhartha. To read the amount of effort he had put in and the kind of sacrifices he had done in getting there just resembles the potential of a human being.

We may only live for 70-80 years, who knows it may be even shorter. So why we don’t want to enjoy life and experience the true beauty of it. Before I wrap this up I just want to give a simple advice, if you are someone who have problems and some who think that your life is in complete misery, just Google for ‘Lance Armstrong’ and go through one of many articles that describes his life. When going through it in a matter of minutes you would realize that the problems you are having are nothing.