In over my head

Learning from Lance Armstrong
Here is Lance Armstrong, reflecting on the day he learned he had testicular cancer: “Athletes don’t tend to think of themselves as human. They’re too busy cultivating the aura of invincibility to admit to being fearful, weak, defenseless, vulnerable or fallible; and for that reason, neither are they especially kind, considerate, merciful, benign, lenient or forgiving to themselves or anyone around them. But as I sat in my house alone on that first night, it was humbling to be scared. More than that, it was humanizing.”

When I was six and seven, I pictured myself as an invincible pitcher on his way to the major leagues. In the zone marked by chalk on our front stoop, I threw hundreds of perfect strikes, just the way my hero Bobby Feller would have. But then there would be a pick-up game like all the others: I’d be posted in right field where there were fewer fly balls for me to drop. I quickly learned to admit, “I am in over my head.”


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