I had never heard of Stuart Scott’s ESPY speech, or his battle with cancer, until his passing was announced yesterday during a football game I was watching. What I saw in the piece they did on him inspired me to look further into who he was. What I found was so inspiring I wanted to share this video with you.
There are many life lessons here, and not just about how to deal with cancer with grace, which he does. It’s about how to live, how to set priorities of what is important to you. These are all things which are part of having an ageless lifestyle.
Stuart Scott’s ESPY speech shows that sometimes having an ageless lifestyle serves you in ways that aren’t so fun, like having the foundation to deal with challenges like cancer. When everything hits the fan, that’s when you see what you’re really made of. That’s when your beliefs and your lifestyle are tested. Creating an ageless lifestyle will serve you well for the rest of your life, and you just might find that by doing so, you are a role model for someone else to do the same.
When I thought about what category to put this post in, the cancer category just seemed to small for this profound message. It’s about your ageless mind, living your passion and it’s also a testament to work/life balance in the face of real challenges. And it’s certainly about having an ageless spirit. I think you’ll want to share this video after seeing it too!
One of my biggest hopes after being diagnosed with cancer was that I would never forget the clarity it gave me or the joy I found in ordinary everyday things. My hope for you is that by watching this video you may be able to grasp what that feels like for Stuart Scott and make some changes in your life for this new year.
I would like to thank Stuart Scott for the eloquence of his ESPY speech. It’s one for the ages.
Here are a few key thoughts I took from his talk:
- Cancer doesn’t beat you, you beat cancer every day by how you live.
- Never give up. Don’t let cancer dictate how you live. Live life on your own terms.
- You never fully understand the impact you have on others by living your truth in public.
- Keep doing what excites you. It gives you and others strength.
- Our life’s journey is really about the people it touches.
- “When you die, it doesn’t mean you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live.”
- Fight, and when you get too tired to fight, rest and let someone else fight for you. You can’t do it alone. Accept the love. Accept the help. Your fight requires support. Allow yourself to cry.
Now that you’ve watched this video, I’d love to hear what your biggest takeaway was.