The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Like pretty much every cyclist in America I watched the Lance Armstrong interview with Oprah. Here is what we know. Lance lied and cheated for years. He went out of his way to crush anyone who stood in his way. He earned millions and started one of the most recognized cancer foundations in the world. Does the good out weigh the bad? Not really the right question in my mind. The real question is what is his motivation to admit to his past? A return to competition is unlikely, same for the huge endorsement deals. Was it damage control so Livestrong could continue? At it’s core I really want to believe Lance is serious when he said he is trying to be a better person. At the end of the day he is the one who has to look into his kids eyes and say “I made a lot of mistakes and hurt a lot of people but I am trying my best to fix things”. I hope he can say that.
When Lance first started winning Tours I bought into the miracle story. I wanted to believe it even though I should have known better I wanted to believe it. I wanted to believe someone could beat back cancer and not only return to life but be better than before. My Mom who lost her battle with cancer in 2011 believed it. We both wore the Livestrong bracelet. We both read the book. We bonded over Le Tour talking about his exploits on the phone after his many victories. It is hard to understand what Lance meant to the cancer community if you are lucky enough to not have someone close to you be sucked into it. He was a source of hope, strength and courage for people who needed mega doses of all 3. Then it all came crashing down. As a cyclist and a fan I was a bit hurt even though on some level I always knew. As someone who has been touched by cancer though I still respected him for what he does for that community.
I really believe we all have the power to make huge changes for the better in our lives. No one can do it for you. It has to come from within. If that is where Lance is coming from then I support him 100%. Forgiveness is something we all should earn and have available to us if we are sincere. Is Lance worthy of that? I can not speak for those who have dared cross him over the years that is between them and him. I hope this is the first step in a long journey of growth and healing for Lance and for those he destroyed along the way.