Oh the week where Lance Armstrong came out of the closet Probably the most widely talked about discussion going around right now and yet it all seems so unnecessary.
In the end our life is determined by what we know deep down in our hearts about who we are and what we have done in this life right or wrong, honest or untruthful it is your cross to bear and your problem to live in your own head with. What does it truly matter if he announces to Oprah that he lied all these years? The people who knew he was lying knew that he was and he himself knew so beyond that now why should be invest so much time and energy into something so contrived?
There is a purpose behind his huge confession and it will be ego or monetary based as that is how he has lived his whole life. You can't deny that Livestrong is a credible organization but without a doubt their momentum gain was from his name being the figure-head. But if we remove him the from the equation it is still an organization that is dedicated to supporting, providing and helping people touched by cancer. It is too bad that it may have a hit because of someone's selfishness and arrogance.
Doping exists; personally I think we are naive to think that these athletes can do some of these feats without it and in the end if their desire to win is stronger than the abuse their body will take from using these substances that facilitate their win. There is a reason that there is bodybuilding and "natural" bodybuilding competitions because the liquid competitive edge exists in all facets of life whether we are talking about horse shows or human races there is always someone willing to take everything to the edge. You must decide if your own mind and health is willing to go to that edge to gain fame and notoriety even if in your own mind or small town let alone the world.
In the end judgement has to come from Mr. Armstrong on himself and where he sits in his own mind when he looks in the mirror in the morning. For many it doesn't bother them to push the limits of life into negative karma. The ripple effect is never more pronounced than when you are viewed by the world as the golden boy. Deep down I always wanted to believe he did beat cancer and attained amazing athletic feats but there was always that voice that said "How can he compete against all those who are doping and not winning?".
Whether doping on a world stage or simply cheating to get ahead in life we all have choices to make and stand by them. When making a decision always ask yourself if you had to stand up in a room full of family and friends would you be able to hold your head up high and announce it out loud without reservations the choice you are making. Perhaps the choices I have made sometimes make my life a little harder but in the end I sleep well, feel at peace and would make the same choices again. But, we all have our own choices at one point in time in life that I'm sure we would change somewhat. That is the point of life choosing, reaping the reward and altering our choice the next time if need be.
Most importantly can you say to yourself without reservation the choice you are making is something you are proud of to put on repeat in your brain for the rest of your life.
Life is a balancing act of choices as well as a ripple effect through our lives as well as others around us. This is where compassion and kindness again reign supreme. If we act kind towards ourselves and show compassion to others our choices are nearly always true.
Myself I can't imagine the pressure the people in the public eye must feel to keep up with appearances. It's no wonder their choices are skewed...100 milion dollars is a lot of wealth to gain from lying.
I Live Life Now,