If the rumors are true, famed cyclist Lance Armstrong admits to using performance enhancement drugs during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Oh Lance, I thought there must be something to the allegations when he stopped fighting the charges. I can understand the cost of being tried in the court of public opinion but for me at least, I'd go down fighting until I was deaf, dumb, blind and broke, before I'd let false accusations silence me.
I sympathize with his plight, as his life's story is now tainted with the fallout. This confession if true, will cast a pall on the great humanitarian work he did outside of the sports arena. As a fellow cancer survivor, I feel some affinity there and respect for the money he's raised for that cause. Sadly, although we can forgive, we can't rewrite history. We can't undo how he himself, potentially changed the course of sports history, and lessened opportunities for others who were overshadowed by his fame and glory.
Life is hard. It's a snake pit waiting for any of us to make the wrong decision. To be tempted down a road whose actions will reverberate louder and farther than we dared imagine when we put the first footprint on the path. Unfortunately, many of those choices cannot be undone, nor the bell unrung.
Late in life with soul shaking regrets is a tough suit to wear. Perhaps this public admission is his first step to forgiving himself, asking for the same from those impacted directly and indirectly. Making peace with his past and moving forward into a more resolved future.