Think of the thing in your life that bothers you the most. It can be some dude at work or a parking ticket that you received a few days ago or a meal you got at a restaurant that wasn't cooked *quite* the right way and you're still pissed about it because you lead a relatively simple life and trivial things like these impact you in a major way for reasons that don't really make sense, but honestly, what else will you get mad about if you don't get mad about this one little thing?
All of those things are bullshit and ultimately don't matter at all. Deep down inside, you know this, and sometimes you need a reminder.
Fortunately, we got that reminder last night at the ESPY Awards, when Leah Still won the Jim Valvano Award for Perseverance. I'm not going to insult your intelligence and walk you through everything that has happened with Leah, but in case you've missed the last year or so for some reason, she is the daughter of former Penn State defensive lineman Devon Still, she's been battling cancer, and she kicks ass.
The Worldwide Leader put together an amazing video about Devon and Leah. Watch it. Get all emotional over it. Remember how unimportant all of the little nuisances in life are, because this five-year-old girl is battling a horrible disease, and she's doing it with a gigantic smile on her face and the kind of relentless optimism you expect out of a heavily caffeinated Tony Robbins.
Then, when you're done with that, watch Devon's speech (Leah couldn't be there, she was busy beating up cancer). It's amazing.
"Last but not least, my beautiful daughter. I know you wish you could be here, but I know you're watching. I just wanna thank you. From the moment you was born you molded me into the man I am today. You know, I always used to dream about how I was gonna be able to show you so much about life, but in the five years I've been with you, you've taught me more about life than I can ever do." My god.
There's not much else to say, other than I'm really glad I share a degree from the same university from this guy, and if I am ever fortunate enough to become a father, I hope that I'm half the father that Devon Still is.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go tell my dad that I love him.