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I Want To Be Like Jason
the heyday of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls the
slogan, "Be Like Mike" was everywhere and rightly so.
was/is the greatest player to ever lace up a pair of
basketball sneakers. He took his god-given athletic
ability and combined that with sheer determination to
create a hoop dynasty in Chicago. During his tenure in
the Windy City, the Bulls won six championships in eight
he's retired from the game and the Jordan era has
passed, I think we need a new and better slogan for
everyone in the new millennium.
suggestion is: "I want to be like Jason," as in Jason
Becker. For those who don't know, Becker is an amazingly
talented guitar player and musician who over a decade
ago was diagnosed with ALS.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often
referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease," is a progressive
neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in
the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from
the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to
the muscles throughout the body.
The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons
in ALS eventually lead to their death. When the motor
neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and
control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle
action progressively affected, patients in the later
stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. Yet,
through it all, for the vast majority of people, their
minds remain unaffected.
It is the most cruel and brutal of all diseases,
one that leaves the body ravaged, but the mind
After losing his ability to play guitar, Becker
moved to the keyboards and when he couldn't play with
two hands, he played with one. Eventually, all movement
Despite the obstacles, Becker recorded the album,
'Perspective.' It was composed entirely on his Macintosh
with guest performers setting in. The album, released in
1996, was picked up for major label distribution in 2001
with all the proceeds going to the ALS Therapy
More than 10 years after his initial diagnosis,
Becker is still creating music. He uses eye movements to
write his songs note by note on computer and with some
movement in his jaw, hits the mouse key to compose. I'm
not a musician, but to be able to write complex musical
pieces, to have them already finished note by note in
your head, is truly amazing!
Becker is an inspiration for us all. Doctors said
he would live for about three years and he's gone way
beyond that. His music has grown much more complex and
diverse. He is thriving instead of surviving.
I'm sure Jason would want things to be different.
I'm sure he would love to walk again and lead a normal,
healthy life, but that's not the fate nature dealt him.
He was put on this earth to create music and inspire
people to new levels of awareness and possibility.
The majority of individuals would surrender and
give in to this disease, waiting to die, not Jason
Becker. He conquered his adversity through sheer
determination, persistence, perseverance and positive
belief in himself. He looked at ALS and said, "You will
not defeat me and I will grow stronger from this."
The most difficult and courageous thing Becker
has done is not in facing ALS head on, but in
transcending the limitations of his own mind. Becker's
body maybe broken, but his soul is stronger than a
hundred men. His spirit and indomitable will soar high
above the clouds in that rarefied air known as
contentment, accomplishment and peace of mind. It's a
place very few have ever been to or seen. For Becker,
it's his home.
His life is a lesson for us all, a syllabus of
what we can and should do with the time allotted to us.
Instead of whining and complaining about the hard day
we've had or how life isn't going the way we want, take
a look at the blueprint Becker has given us. He's taught
us that all, and I do mean all, adversity can be
overcome with determination, belief and persistence and
be replaced with positive and uplifting achievement.
Becker, along with others like him, are living
proof that the mind is capable of any and all things.
Michael Jordan was a great athlete who
accomplished much on and off the basketball court. He is
an amazing athletic specimen. But when all is said and
done, I would much rather "Be Like Jason" instead.
If you would like to help eradicate ALS, please go to
the ALS Therapy Development Foundation or the ALS
Association and make a donation
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