Dr Sean Egan
Update: I was a student of
Sean's at the University of Ottawa several years ago...when I heard of his
passing I was so saddened...I hadn't thought about Sean in a while, but when I
heard that I began to think about the influence he has had on my life. I
wrote a little article for the school newspaper about him....I don't think it
got published or anything, but I just wanted to share it with you....
Canada lost one of its
greats with the passing of Sean Egan. Dr. Sean Egan was a professor of Human
Kinetics at the University of Ottawa who passed away during an attempt to
summit Mount Everest from complications of a respiratory infection. This is a
huge loss not only for the University of Ottawa, but for anyone who would have
had to opportunity to meet him. Sean, as he insisted we call him, was
undoubtedly one of the most inspiring people I had the opportunity to
encounter. If ever you wonder what life is supposed to be all about, take a
look at Sean Eganís. Though I know he suffered hardships that not many of us
know about, Sean had it all figured out. He knew what was important, and knew
how to convey the important things to his students. Sean Egan was an
inspirational person, and will always be in the back of my mind whenever I
tackle something I didnít think I could. There have been many people in my
life who, at one time or another, have preached the Ďstop thinking about it
and do ití lifestyle, but Sean is the only person whom I have ever seen truly
live it. Sean Egan has accomplished more in his 63 year life than many of us
Being a student
of Seanís for 4 years, I have learned so much about life, and what is really
important. I mean, not things like grades, or how much you know, but family,
friends, health and most of all happiness. Iím sure if Sean could leave our
society with a couple messages, theyíd be something like this:
even if you donít feel like it. Eventually you will.
especially yourself. Analyze yourself. If you donít like something about
yourself, change it. If you donít like something about the world, change it.
Anti-oxidants, exercise and happiness are the key to staying healthy.
Walk. Humans were
meant to do it. Most of us donít.
made it easier for us to watch others do the things we want to do. Stop
watching and go for it.
important to you, not whatís important to other people. Figure that out.
Our health care
system is there for you only when you get sick. Itís not there to take care of
you when youíre healthy. Thatís your job. Get on it.
All these things
Iím sure you have heard before, but until I met Sean Egan, they didnít really
mean much. In todayís society these things may not seam easy, but they can be.
Sean was a perfect example that you can live this way easily, even today. At
60 years old, Sean could run 20 flights of stairs with ease. Heíd leave of his
students behind on most physical fitness tests. He was content with his life,
because he made it that way. It seemed that he tried everything he wanted to
do. He didnít fall into the trap of North American obesity, mental health
issues, or ignorance. Sean Egan was the healthiest person I knew, and he died
of cardiac arrest living a dream. So much has come from Sean Eganís life, but
if anything were to come from his death itís this: Wake up North America. We
canít decide, prevent, or predict when weíre going to die. But we can do
something about the current state of our nation, so get off your butts and do
it, because you never know when it will be your last chance.
Lisa Stanley, Former Student
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