We are much better than we know. We have unrealized capacities that sometimes only emerge in crisis.

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in what time I had left I would have been... more alive

What if I had lost? What if I relapsed and the cancer came back? I still believe I would have gained something in the struggle, because in what time I had left I would have been a more complete, compassionate, and intelligent man, and therefore more alive. The only thing the illness has convinced me of beyond all doubt- more than any experience I’ve had as an athlete – is that we are much better than we know. We have unrealized capacities that sometimes only emerge in crisis.

So if there is a purpose to the suffering that is cancer, I think it must be this: it’s meant to improve us.

by Lance Armstrong (September 18, 1971)
from It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life
The Cereal Box

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