No sunshine can really affect how you feel, true? It feels like it’s been raining here for weeks… even though it’s only been a few days. While I do appreciate a rainy day, I want nothing more than to feel the sun’s light on my skin again.
Last night while reading about the upcoming Lance Armstrong interview on Thursday with Oprah, a little bit of sadness pulled at my heart. I may be in the very small minority, but I empathize with him. Can you imagine what it must be like to go from the highest pedestal, to the very bottom of people’s respect? I know he has to feel tremendous regret and remorse for his actions. There is no valid excuse for what he did, absolutely none. But, he does have an opportunity to still lead by example. To be honest. To live the rest of his life as a champion of the truth. I know someone from my everyday world who has done just that… you can read about him here. As my dear friend Lee Ann Massey said this morning on Facebook, “Lance Armstrong’s fall from heroic status further affirms my belief that living strong in the everyday, going to work, creating, loving, giving is the stuff of medals. Let’s change those yellow bands from live strong to live honest.”
There is something courageous and bold about living our everyday lives, isn’t there. About paying bills, fulfilling our responsibilities as citizens of a community, making the best out of what we are given. It would be so easy to turn our backs on reality, to pretend like we aren’t accountable for anything. Instead, most of us embrace the chances we are given in order to live our best life. My best life is very different from your best life…which is also very different from a person in the poorest parts of Africa or the richest parts of Hollywood. One simple accomplishment or dream fulfilled can turn your whole quality of life around. One realization of what matters to you as a human in this existence, can change your entire perspective. Maybe it’s to provide for your family, or maybe it’s to make your parents proud. Maybe it’s to make the life of another better, or to create meaningful things to help a community. If it’s important to you, it is the most important thing in the world. As someone who has sometimes looked for validation from the outside, I’ve come to realize that it’s making yourself proud that really counts the most. I’m sure that’s where Lance messed up in his journey. He wasn’t true to himself. It was all for show, for a false face. The biggest lesson he could teach us all is unfolding before our very eyes.