The essay is by Donald McRae in the Guardian. Its subject is a man I’d never heard of, who was a star in a sport that doesn’t interest me. But, thanks to Donald, I am now an admirer of Rob Burrow.
Rob is a small bloke, but led his Rugby League team to victory, many a time, thanks to intelligence, courage and speed. Unlike many professionals in sport, he was loyal to his team and never left for larger pickings elsewhere. He started dating this girl in school when they were both 15. Now, at 38, they are still in love, and have three kids under the age of 10.
And he is dying of motor neurone disease.
Rob inspires everyone around him, and the things he is quoted saying show him to be an enlightened soul; a Buddha. His life story will be published soon. Too Many Reasons to Live is being written by Ben Dirs, and is due out in August.
Let him be your teacher.