Tiger Woods: 'I made terrible choices and repeated mistakes'
As the first anniversary of The Thanksgiving Incident that Irreparably Changed His Life approaches, Tiger Woods chose to reflect on his very public divorce and what he's learned by contributing an essay to Newsweek. Oh, and he's also now on Twitter.
Last November, everything I thought I knew about myself changed abruptly, and what others perceived about me shifted, too. I had been conducting my personal life in an artificial way--as if detached from the values my upbringing had taught, and that I should have embraced.
The physical pain from that car accident has long healed. But the pain in my soul is more complex and unsettling; it has been far more difficult to ease--and to understand. But this much is obvious now: my life was out of balance, and my priorities were out of order. I made terrible choices and repeated mistakes. I hurt the people whom I loved the most. And even beyond accepting the consequences and responsibility, there is the ongoing struggle to learn from my failings.
Woods reveals that his relationship with his children has changed, too.
Slowly, I'm regaining the balance that I'd lost. My healing process is far from complete, but I am beginning to appreciate things I had overlooked before. I'm learning that some victories can mean smiles, not trophies, and that life's most ordinary events can bring joy. Giving my son, Charlie, a bath, for example, beats chipping another bucket of balls. Making mac and cheese for him and his sister, Sam, is better than dining in any restaurant. Sharing a laugh watching cartoons or reading a book beats channel-surfing alone. Some nights now, it's just me and the kids, an experience that's both trying and rewarding. Probably like the experience a lot of families have every evening around the world.
TIGER'S NEW HOUSE
He had to live somewhere.
A secluded home. Check.
In the tax haven that is Florida. Check.
With lots of places on which to work on his golf game. Check.
A kiddie pool, lap pool, dive pool, reflection pool and water fountain. Check, check, check, check, check.
An oxygen therapy room. Screech.
An oxygen therapy room? Let's reserve judgment. Who doesn't like oxygen?
Woods' $50-million home on 12 acres in Jupiter Island, Fla., has been completed, TCPalm.com reports and just in time for a visit from the kids for the holidays.
TIGER ON TWITTER
In other Tiger news, it appears that he or someone close to him may perhaps be on Twitter. His account is verified, in any event. Maybe Stevie is advising him what to tweet.
What's up everyone. Finally decided to try out twitter!
Is it really you? Ok, how many majors do you have? RT @TigerWoods: What's up everyone. Finally decided to try out twitter!
Yep, it's me. I think I like this twitter thing. You guys are awesome. Thanks for all the love.
| November 17, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
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