It's Not About the Bike

by Robin on January 18, 2011

Resolution to Read

One of my new year’s resolutions is to read two books per month. Last month I read “The Working Poor” by David Shipler. Though I don’t agree with Shipler on a lot of stuff, his pulitzer prize winning book has changed the way that I think about poor and homeless people. Today I started a new book, “It’s Not About the Bike”, by Lance Armstrong.

Lance Armstrong Quotation

I am already loving this book! I am on page three and have already mined this jewel:
You do not fly up a hill. You struggle slowly and painfully up a hill, and maybe, if you work very hard, you get to the top ahead of everybody else.
Just before this quote Armstrong (with ghostwriter Sally Jenkins) tells us to watch out, that his story is real, not Hollywood. He reminds the reader that we are not in Disneyland.

Application for Young People

My thought: “How perfect! How much better prepared for life young people would be if they watched less movies and learned more about hard work, sacrifice, and compassion for others.” Perhaps then they would not be so easily discouraged when their own lives do not mirror the Hollywood drivel that they are immersed in. I can’t wait to really dig in to Lance’s story!

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