As many of you remember, Stuart Scott was an anchor for SportsCenter on ESPN for 20+ years until he passed away at the beginning of this year after battling cancer for 7 years.
Looking back, he’s probably the first celebrity or public figure to make me tear up after hearing about his death.
As far back as I can remember, I watched him every morning before school to watch all of the previous day’s homeruns and slam dunks.
His fight against cancer hit mainstream after his deep and moving speech when he received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2014 ESPY awards.
Hit play if you haven’t seen it:
Just before his passing he finished writing a book, Every Day I Fight, about how he made his way to ESPN and all of his complications with cancer.
One thing that really stood out for me while reading it this weekend was that he stayed true to himself. He was who he was.
That’s what made him so entertaining to watch on TV.
He even says in the book that he commentated just like he was talking with his friends while watching a game. And if you ever watched SportsCenter with him, you couldn’t have agreed more.
That’s why people loved him. He was who he was.
Another thing that came to mind while reading his story, was why is it that people change their behavior when they find out they have cancer?
I loved reading about his new perspective on cherishing each moment that he experienced. Not that he didn’t before but not knowing if it would be his last with someone made each moment that much more special.
But what I was thinking was why wait to hear we only have a certain amount of time left? We are all going to die.
Let me repeat that. We are all going to die.
Let that sink it.
Some people go to bed at night to never wake up. Some drive off to work and never return home. Some get cancer and are told they have five years to live.
Do you ever get into a deep conversation with friends and someone asks, “what would you do if you only had six months to live?” Or some form of that question.
Why don’t we live like we have a certain number of days? Why do we put things off that we really want to do?
This might sound crazy, but imagine your doctor just told you that you have x number of years left. What would you do?
Maybe we should start living as if that were the actual case. Because all of our chances of living are zero.
The imagine that I posted of Stuart jumping rope, says a lot. But what I really love is that it shows strength, especially after knowing that he went straight to the gym after each chemotherapy treatment. It also shows that he never gave up living despite what he was going through.
Even though a lot of us will have no idea what it’s like to go through life with cancer, we should fight to live for each day as we had only a certain amount of time left alive. Which is the most true fact there is.
Whatever you want in life, fight for it.
Fight every day for it.
And just like Stuart, just be you.