"I am well mottled with bruises elsewhere. Still I have made good progress, and since you left they have taught me three new throws that are perfect corkers!"
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For young Roosevelt, it was rough goings from the start, as he constantly suffered from debilitating health problems. At night, he would have sudden asthma attacks so severe, his parents feared for his life. Doctors at the time had no treatment and assumed the worst, that Roosevelt would live a short and unpromising life. Roosevelt's father, Theodore Roosevelt Sr., however, had other ideas about young Roosevelt. These early challenges along with the will of his father shaped Roosevelt for years to come.
In spite of young Roosevelt's frailty, the Roosevelt clan traveled often: to Europe, the Middle East, to hiking in the Alps. Roosevelt's father encouraged Roosevelt to keep up and to set no limitations on his abilities. From this foundation, young Roosevelt discovered the benefits of physical exercise and found a love for the outdoors, and an appreciation for exertion and effort. Roosevelt's newfound reverence for the strenuous life not only energized his spirits but diminished his asthma. For Roosevelt, vigorous exercise was ritual.
Unfortunately, however, exercise alone was not enough. After an incident where Roosevelt was beaten up by two older boys, Roosevelt found need for a teacher other than his father.
And in boxing coach John Long, Roosevelt found a second father...
- Overcoming obstacles & daring greatly
- Importance of exercise
- Physical activity as ritual
- Moral character
- Meaningful living
- Mixed martial arts
- Rough Riders
- Assassination attempt
- The undemocratic primaries
Books I Recommend:
- The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt is the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography by Edmund Morris
- Theodore Rex is the second installment of the trilogy by Edmund Morris
- Colonel Roosevelt is the final installment of the Roosevelt trilogy by Edmund Morris
- Though Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb isn't about Theodore Roosevelt, it explains the science of how Roosevelt continually gained from adversity. It's a must-read for those interested in the strenuous life.
- An Autobiography - Theodore Roosevelt
- Theodore Roosevelt: Letters and Speeches is a collection of letters and includes four of Roosevelt's best known speeches, including "Citizenship in a Republic" and "The Strenuous Life"
- The Naval War of 1812 - Theodore Roosevelt
- The Ancient Track: The Complete Poetical Works of H. P. Lovecraft - S.T. Joshi (Editor)
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