Jimmy V: Life is About Laughter, Thought, and Crying

Legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano delivered a nine minute speech (YouTube) at the ESPN sports awards in 1993 just two months before dying of cancer. It’s very inspirational. He says:

To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. No. 1 is laugh. You should laugh every day. No. 2 is think. You should spend some time in thought. And No. 3 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.

When the producers say he has only 30 seconds left, he says, "Like I care about that screen. I got tumors all over my body and I’m supposed to be worried about some screen flashing 30 seconds."

Well worth a watch.

10 Responses to Jimmy V: Life is About Laughter, Thought, and Crying

  1. Shefaly says:

    And boy, are all 3 not happening for me every day since January!

    When the radiator leaks, I smile because I know it is covered by my utilities insurance. When the cold water pipe bursts, I cry because if I had not removed the antique camphor wood trunk minutes earlier, it would have been destroyed. How the hell, amid all this, do I finish my PhD thesis? Now there is a thing to think about.

    Trust me, some days without any reason to smile, cry or think are very welcome, inspiration notwithstanding.

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  3. Ted says:

    Laughing every day is a big reason I love TV.

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