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"Die Quickly or Live Wonderfully"

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

Last Updated 17 January 2018





We are in the last few weeks of the Tuesday’s Children Campaign running from July 18th – September 12th. To donate, visit https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/TuesdaysChildren/OnlineDonation.html. To learn more about Tuesday’s Children, visit www.tuesdayschildren.org .


Die Quickly or Live Wonderfully…

This Monday morning, I wanted to send a video that really hits home in a positive way. It’s an example of how the human spirit can find a way to overcome adversity.


A young man by the name of Liu Wei has entered the “China’s Got Talent” competition. He has a dream of becoming a great record producer. To demonstrate his love for music to the judges, he takes on the challenge of playing a very difficult piano piece. Here’s the incredible part: The young man has no arms! He plays it with his feet. See his story below at:




When a Pfizer colleague forwarded this story to me, it certainly inspired me to keep going with my training and fundraising efforts. The one part I’ve returned to numerous times is when the judge tells him that instead of judging his performance he would rather hear him speak. Liu Wei responds:


“I think there are only 2 roads for my life. One: Just die quickly. Another: Live life wonderfully.”


Wow… There is a perspective I will think about for many years to come. Why? Well, it’s not just because of the clarity of choosing between 2 paths or even Liu Wei’s tremendous passion for living. Mostly I am thinking about the 3rd possibility that Liu does not speak of. What I’ve come to realize is that, if one stands idle at that fork in the road feeling sorry for themselves for too long, then they risk a darker outcome: Die slowly and live miserably. This Saturday, that message hit me during my workout. Once I saw it, I thought to myself, “No way… Not me! Not my family! Not anyone I can influence!!”


As a result, I committed myself to take on some tough challenges that I’ve postponed for awhile. In addition, I decided to write down this reflection and perhaps help others do the same.


Have a great week, everyone. And most of all, remember to live life wonderfully…




Training Schedule:

Last Saturday was my last hard work out. 4 hour bike and 1 hour run. Now it gets easier. These last 2 weeks before the 70.3 Ironman is focused on tapering down activity, good nutrition, and just plain healing. Race is on September 12th. Below is this week’s training schedule:

Monday: Swim 10 x 100m (15sec rest); Run 8 x 200m

Tuesday: Brick Workout – Bike 1 hours; Run 30 min; Strength training

Wednesday: Swim 2000m (50 laps); Bike 1 hour

Thursday: 12 x 20m (10sec rest), 10 x 40m (15sec rest)

Friday: Bike 2 hours; Run 15min

Saturday: Run 60 min

Sunday: Advanced Pilates (Strengthen Core / Stretch)

Note: Warm-up, cool-down, stretching, ice must occur for every workout


Last Thoughts:

Thank you for all of the emails and donations over the past few weeks. I’ve feeling pretty “pain-free” going into the race and have not been in this good of shape for several years.


Next week, I plan on writing 2 entries before closing the Tuesday’s Children Campaign. The first will be on Monday September 6th followed by a short note on Friday September 10th remembering the victims of September 11th 2001.

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