When I first wrote this piece and posted it on the pages of B/R last year “From Prison to the Pages of B/R: A Life-Changing Experience ”.
The heartfelt responses that I received came as somewhat of a shock, because here I was telling a small portion of my life to people who I have never met.
The story I posted was not meant to glorify the time spent in one of California’s concrete jungles, but it was about the redemption which came after realizing a mistake in life that can never be forgotten.
Redemption in today’s society does not come easy and it’s an even harder road to continue on because of life’s temptations which act as a grappling hook waiting for its next victim.
Its never an easy task to put this demon to sleep, which can strike within a moments notice causing havoc and confusion in our everyday lives.
This demon does not worry about social status, nor does he care about who’s life will be ruined by his mischievous deeds.
One thing is for sure, once he does strike, the road to recovery is not an easy one to travel because of the pain along with the embarrassment that becomes his trademark.
The road that Eldrick “Tiger” Woods will embark on since coming out of hiding to face his own personal demons, will not be easy, because of the scrutiny he will be under by those who have been waiting patiently for this day to finally come.
It’s only because of Woods immense popularity in the sporting world that his redemption will come with a lot more expectations, which shouldn’t matter since his dirty deeds had nothing to do with his performance out on the golf course.
Woods, along with many other athletes continue to prove that bad decision making is not only set aside for the everyday normal person, but as long as a person can breathe they are just as vulnerable, which includes those we choose to put on a pedestal.
The only concern of ours should be that Woods deserves a second chance, and whether his wife chooses to give him that chance should not be part of our deciding factor.
Even though his act of infidelity was committed away from the course, he still chose to speak to the media knowing this was needed as part of the process to bring closure to this chapter of his life.
Whether his media conference was done from a pre-scripted press release or not, the bottom line is none of us knows the heart of Woods and he along with the rest of us who have ever disappointed our loved ones deserves the benefit of the doubt.
As it stands today, Woods has enough money that he could have easily hid in the shadows of his own mire without ever telling his side of the story.
The shame that he has put not only himself, but more so on his family would have been enough to merit such a disappearance if in fact he did choose that route.
Instead Woods decision to move on with his life solidifies the fact that his world is far from perfect, even though while watching him swing his golf club its easy to think otherwise.
How many of us can look back to something we may have done that disgraced or disappointed our loved ones, the first thought that came to mind was more than likely, “Will I be given a chance to redeem myself.”
Eldrick “Tiger” Woods has reached a point in his life he has never been before and redemption will have to come from someplace deeper than his desire to win his sixth green jacket.
All eyes will once again be focused on the sporting worlds most recognizable athlete and not far behind is the path of destruction which will be looking to devour him like a roaring tiger.