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激励人心的壮举

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【经典晨读美文】激励人心的壮举
 What does it take to be inspirational? If you had asked me that ten years ago, I would have said inspiration is Michael Jordan making the last-second shot in the championship game, Adam Vinatieri kicking the winning field goal[将球踢过球门横木得分] in the Super Bowl, or someone coming back from last place to win a race. But an event in my life when I was 17 years old changed my perspective[看法].
  I remember it like it was yesterday. My parents came home and said, “We need to talk about your brother Vince.” He’s four years older than me and someone I look up to. He earned himself a running scholarship. He was one of my coaches and pushed me to be the best that I could be. He had been diagnosed[诊断] with dermatomyo-sitis[皮肌炎], which is an autoimmune[自身免疫的] disease that eats away at[侵蚀] your muscles. I was speechless.
  My brother asked the doctors, “When can I start running and exercising again?” The doctors replied, “It will take time and although you probably will be able to run, you may not be able to compete.” My brother didn’t say anything, but what he told my mother after the doctors had left sums up his attitude: “I’m still going to run a marathon.”
  When he came home after being in the hospital for five days, he set forth on his goal. Believe me when I tell you that he started from scratch[从零开始]. In fact, so much so that I had to carry him upstairs because he was too weak to walk up SEVEN stairs. Now, think for a minute. You’re not able to walk up seven stairs, and not able to lift yourself off of the furniture, but you still think you can run a marathon. Well, that’s exactly what my brother thought. He was going to run a marathon.
  He started lifting himself up off of the furniture even if he didn’t need to get up simply because he wanted to practice and get better. He began walking upstairs and started going to physical therapy[物理治疗]. But that wasn’t enough for him. After his physical therapy sessions, he would go to a local gym and work out even more. He was determined to get stronger so that he could start running.
  While at the gym, he would receive looks from just about everyone when he would struggle to lift his 2lb dumbbells[哑铃]. Sometime in May, he began to run and actually got yelled at from the physical therapist[治疗师] for being so sore[疼痛的] from running. But he didn’t mind. On his first run, he ran for 30 seconds. He started running three times a week at 30 seconds each time, and increased by about 10% each week. By August, he could run for eight minutes without stopping. In April, he ran in a half marathon and finished with a time of one hour and thirty minutes.

In October in the windy city of Chicago, 22 months after being diagnosed with dermatomyocitis and unable to even get out of bed, my brother ran in his first marathon, with his whole family, especially my mother, scared to death about what he was doing. He crossed the finish line like it was nothing. He then told us, “I’m going to qualify[使具有资格] for the Boston Marathon.” He began his quest for Boston, running two more marathons, in both of which he barely missed the qualifying mark. On his third try, he did it. He qualified for Boston. But that wasn’t good enough for him. He’s just decided to compete in a Half Ironman triathlon. So much for not being competitive.
  What does it take to be inspirational? Inspiration is getting back up after you’ve fallen. It’s running a marathon at a competitive level after not even being able to get up out of bed. Inspiration is believing in yourself even though doctor after doctor has told you that you can’t compete like you have before. At some point in our lives, when times get rough, we need to be inspired or motivated just to get out of bed—but has it ever been so bad that you simply couldn’t get out of bed? Think about it. Life’s hard, but most of us can get out of bed, even in the worst of times. My brother is all the inspiration I will ever need to get out of bed.
  怎样才算鼓舞人心呢?如果你在十年前问我这个问题,我会说激励人心就是迈克尔·乔丹在总决赛最后一秒的惊世一投、亚当·维纳蒂耶里在“超级碗”攻进决胜一球,或是某人在赛跑中从最后一名一路反超,最终获胜。但在我17岁那年发生的一件事改变了我的想法。

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