And that is the problem with Parkinson's disease. For instance, there is some statistical evidence to suggest that a disproportionate number of "Type A personalities" end up with PD. They are used to being winners, but are then told they will face a future of numerous notations in the loss column. They will likely lose steadiness of hand, suppleness of body, stamina, sleep and stability. In some cases, this unpredictable disease often threatens one's confidence and sometimes dishes out cognitive confusion. Undergoing a series of these bubble bursting losses is often the equivalent of a career-ending injury.
Winning in hockey is dependent on one thing: the number of goals scored. Everything else is secondary. There must be a winner and a loser. We all love to win and hate to lose. In fact, if one listens to the cheering crowds (and Vincent van Gogh and Vincent Lombardi) they would have us believe that, "Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing". But in the game of life that is just not true. We who are confronted by the apparent indignity of disease and its consequent losses are being given a great opportunity. It is a calling to compete with courage, to learn from our losses and to offer those lessons to others who walk with us or follow. In life, as opposed to hockey, it is the losses that count the most.
I see wisdom in the words of Wilma Rudolph, the first American woman runner to win 3 gold medals at a single Olympics. She said:
Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time.