By: Crystina Parga
Armstrong, Lance, and Sally Jenkins. It’s Not About The Bike; My Journey Back to life. New York: PenguinPutnam, 2001. Shakespeare, William. Hamlet.
What is the value of life? That is a question many people ask themselves, or others. There really is no right or wrong answer. Everyone has a different opinion, perspective, or personal experience. I believe the value of life has so many meanings and differences. I do believe people should not take life for granted, because we all have one life, and if we mess it up then that’s it. Some people don’t know the value of life, until it flashes before their eyes, just like Lance Armstrong did. In “It’s Not About the Bike: My Jouney Back to Life” by Lance Armstrong and Sally Jenkins he says, “I want to die at a hundred years old with an American flag on my back and the star of Texas on my helmet, after screaming down an Alpine descent on a bicycle at 75 miles per hour”, (paragraph 1). He is saying how he would want to live his life and how he would like to enjoy it. He also talks about how he would race on his bike and how every time he would get injured he learned how to take the pain.
During his racing days, he was enjoying his life, doing what he loved to do, winning metals, all of it. When he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, he took it and became stronger. He never really understood why he got it. Armstrong says, “Good, strong people get cancer, and they do all the right thing to beat it, and they still die”, (paragraph 11). Not only did he believe cancer was for people who were strong but also people who do nothing wrong get it. Armstrong didn’t understand why it had to be him, it was something he had to deal with. Not only did the cancer go to his testicle, but also the cancer spread to his lungs, abdomen, and brain.
Armstrong didn’t think he was going to live, but when the cancer was gone he questioned why he was alive. Not that he wasn’t…