Turn off your computers and get outside
I am going to say this to the 8 people that have emailed me with their dislike of the book, I am sorry you just did not get it. I am sorry that other things got in your way of understanding the point of the book. You have missed something that I know thousands and thousands of cyclists, cancer patients, and general people have seen. Like JP said, its not a story more miraculous then other miraculous stories. It’s just another way of telling people they can make. No matter what the circumstance, you can go on. There is hope. But you have to have the attitude, maybe not the cocky attitude that Lance has, but you need a positive attitude. And if you are not in a situation that requires you to sink or swim, then you need to help those that are in that situation.
My reason for having picked this book was because the first time I read it, I put it down, and I can honestly say that was the day I stopped a lot of the whining I had been doing in my life. I stopped complaining about some physical discomfort I feel from my medical problems, I stopped complaining about the misfortunes that have been in my life. I realized something I had not thought about since living in Brazil. There is ALWAYS someone worse off then you. Since I read this book, and now reread it, I have confirmed in my mind the importance of being happy. I hope as people have read my personal blog, and have read my rantings here they have picked up on the fact that I want people to be happy. I want them to look above their problems; I want them to help others, and to make this world a better place. I had a room mate once that could never get a second date with a girl. I doubled with him once and when I got home one of my other roommates asked if I saw what the problem was. I said yes. He spent his whole time telling the girl how bad of luck he had in life. How he could never get a second date, how miserable he was in life. Why would any girl in her right mind want a second date with a self deprecating guy? Why would anyone want to be friends with someone who has this as their attitude? Smile once in awhile, and don’t just do it to mask your pain, put your pain behind you,
I am sorry that so many people missed the point of this book. I feel bad that people did not want to hear a story about a kid who had nothing but a mother that loved him more then anything and a awesome attitude. A story about a guy who came from nothing and made everything of himself. I for one loved it. I felt better about myself, and I have made major changes in my life because of Lance’s words, and his attitude.
Love ya, and please do me a favor, turn off your computers for a few hours this weekend (except to read Carrie Anns) and get outside and go for a walk, or a bike ride, life is too beautiful to sit behind a computer all the time. I know I will.
* PS while I am on my high horse, my I suggest a general boycott of the Oscars? How about not honoring someone who is paid 15 million dollars to do a movie? How about honoring all of the Kaycees’ out there, teaching the kids. How about the single mothers working 2-3 jobs to support there family because they got tied in with a dead beat? I think it absolutely ridiculous that we give these people such honor and glory, when they really do nothing more then a job. Plus come on lets face it 90% of the movies out there are pure filth, that the world would be better off if they were never made.
PPS For those of you in Utah, Dillard’s is having an awesome sale, highly recommend it. I got $350 worth of clothes for $42