Saturday, January 19, 2013

Livestrong or not?

Lance Armstrong, 7 times tour de France winner, Olympic Bronze Medalist, 4th stage Cancer Survivor.. "A Symbol of hope" to billions of people has just been declared fraud.. He has been convicted of doping..  Confessed to taking dope as well.. People have started calling him a disgrace to the world of sport.
I, on the other hand.. really don't know what to say.. He has been an inspiration to me for as long as I can remember..

I still remember reading "Its not about the bike", I finished it in one stretch.. It was 5 years back.. "Never say die" are the words that come to your mind when you read the book.. And when I read about all the allegations & the news of his confession to those allegations last year I felt a little numb, No thoughts came to my mind.. I didn't want to hate the man who had been a symbol of hope all these years. So I just closed the newspaper & turned my attention elsewhere and today when I read about his interview with Oprah Winfrey, I again had the same feeling, I didn't know what to say.. Honestly! 

Yes! I am being neutral even after knowing the truth.. Had he been someone else accused of doping, I would have hated him/her for cheating.. But He ain't no ordinary guy, If you read his book & see the work he has done to help the cancer patients and gave hope to many who are suffering from the disease (God Bless them), you will feel the same way. But I even think, was all that charity work & foundations done to put a mask on all the doping activity he did? ... 

No! Absolutely not.. But then again.. Confused! 

Still struggling to come to terms with this episode.. :(

I still remember in one of the group discussions I participated in, I took a stand in favor of Lance Armstrong that He be declared a The symbol of all Sport for all he has achieved & done in his life.. Oh well! Strange world as they say.. You never know what can happen?

Conclusion: If you look up to him & idolize him then don't stop.. Just take the positive side of his life, He cheated in cycling, Agreed! But he cheated death too.. That speaks a lot about the man's character.. That no matter what, never give up hope!. And that lesson is what I need. And for that I thank you Mr. Armstrong for teaching us that. To conclude I'll quote my favorite line from my favorite movie:

"Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

God Bless :)


Arpit Rastogi said...

Woww kitty bwoy didnt knew a thing about lance armstrong but after reading your post i am sure that he is a good man and surely the best source of inspiration that can help so many to achieve their dreams.. And i am glad you followed him through your life..

Hope is a good thing for sure.. :)
This concluding line gave me goose bumps.. :)

A good start to a great sunday..

Happy Life baby! :)

Seththewhizkid said...

Ya! you should read the book "Its not about the bike"..
Its something really hard to digest, on one hand he taught people how to fight back & on the other hand he cheated the sport & people around him all these years.. So still coming to terms with all this. But one lesson from his life we should never forget is "Never give up hope" :)

Diksha Sharma said...

I went through the exact same thing. When i first read in the papers that he was stripped of all his 7 titles, I couldn't believe what i was reading.

He was an all time inspiration.
He still is i think. I dunno. :/

He doped to cope with his medical condition is the assurance i give myself. :l

PS: New on your blog. Hope you can find some time and visit mine. Perhaps we could follow each other? :)

Seththewhizkid said...

Yeah it was pretty hard to digest.. But as they say.. Life goes on.. :)


P.S : Will definitely read & follow your blog.. :)

Amitej Kalra said...

Well yes, he still remains an inspiration to all those suffering from cancer or other diseases, but with all the lies about not doping, he has also given a bad name to cycling, and to sport in general, which is really the saddest part of the whole controversy... read for my views on the subject... ;)