"To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy.
But think about it. If you laugh, you think and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day.
You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special."
"Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever."
- Jim Valvano, ESPY Award Speech 1993
Two different statements, one moving message, so many truths, from one amazing man.
There are a lot of horrible, ugly, terrifying things about this world. Cancer is one of them. Yet somehow, we must remain hopeful, we must remain humane, we must remember that we still have choice about how we live.
Jim Valvano's 1993 ESPY Award Speech is a perfect example, and still stands today as a ray of hope, peace, and inspiration among a broken, ill, but beautiful world.
To hear his full speech, see video below.
And don't forget to laugh, think, and cry today.