“As cool as the other side of the pillow”
And the most inspiring: “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”
I remember those words resonate with my senses when I re-heard them during the special tribute on ESPN from an inspiring figure in the sports world, Stuart Scott.
It was a shock to me. A temporary frozen moment in time as the pop up notification abruptly stalled my my finger tip from scrolling through pictures on social media this morning. I stared, hoping that this was dream state. It wasn’t. By far the most unexpected, shocking news that I have recieved since the untimely death of Amy Winehouse summer of 2011.
I didn’t know the man on a personal level, nor met him at any moment of my life, except when watching ESPN television. I can write about how great of a man he was on the broadcast and off the air based on his peers’ tribute on the popular sports channel. If you are interested, here is the link: Stuart Scott Bio and Legacy.
When I flipped the channel to ESPN2 to discover the special tribute by his former co-workers and friends on the set, tears abruptly surfaced on my cheeks. Although they were mostly dedicated to his untimely loss and perseverence towards the fight against cancer, a huge portion of those tears reminded me of when I lost my uncle to a similar fight that ended his time a year and two weeks ago. It was a tough period although I accepted his fate long before. I can relate to the feeling of helplessness. All I could do is watch. And at best, my family’s presence was a motivation to continue the fight. Such an untimely juxtaposition between the two. They shared the same fight but did not know one another.
Hearing about these unexpected losses to cancer leave me struck since I have watched a love one taken away from me with no clear cut reason. It is trully an unbiased disease towards everyone. But, those inspiring words stated in the photo, hit home because I never heard that perspective before, although I saw his speech live during the ESPY’s last year. I will keep those words engraved in my heart and mind, knowing that whether its a tragedy such as cancer or any unfortunate circumstance that comes our way, I will continue to LIVE life to my best, no matter what lies ahead.
Thank you Stuart Scott for a lesson learned. May you rest in peace. You are in a better place.
Below is a poem I wrote befor I updated this post in tribute to all those that we have lost:
“A Loss But Not Forgotten”
I don’t know you
But I know of you
I wept secretly during your tribute
Reminded me of who was taken
From me a year ago
I saw strength and courage within both
Helpless against an unbiased threat
To all of our loved ones.
I will never forget your presence
Nor forget your words
They will be engraved in my mind
Knowing that courage and strength
Is all that is needed to LIVE
REST IN PEACE to those that were
A loss but never forgotten.