Friday 20th October 2017,
Sports Alchemist
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The Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya Is Finally Free

As the dawn reveals the early morning rays of the sun, we are always reminded of chances. The chance to enjoy life to the fullest, correct our mistakes, as well as the chance to forgive and to ask forgiveness. Each morning reminds us that we are still alive and that we have been given another opportunity to live.

For years Oscar De la Hoya had been living with chances, but failed to see the daylight. He had money, fame and power. He had a good life, a beautiful wife and two healthy kids. However, he still felt there is something left—a void that has gotten bigger each day.

There was no amount of money and no amount of accolades that could fill the emptiness. Alcohol became his constant ally, his ever loyal companion in times of soul searching.

And one addiction leads to another as he started taking cocaine then having marital affairs.

Everything has been slowly crumbling down. Somewhere down the line it has got to stop. He had been living two lives—one was the Golden Boy people loved and the other a troubled soul.

It takes a lot of courage to speak up and a lot of strength to be humble in defeat. For years, he had been battling his inner demons that it got to a point of taking his own life. But when he tried committing suicide, he found that something kept him from going through with it. They say that when you’re at rock-bottom there is nowhere to go but up, however, Oscar stayed in the middle.

Last Tuesday was his chance of liberation. He thought about it for thousands of times before agreeing to an interview by Univision’s Teresa Rodriguez. He could have silently gone into a rehab and kept everything in the closet. He had a good career and as a future hall of famer, there is so much to lose and so little to gain.

Oscar thinks about his life. He thinks about his struggles all the way to the top. He remembered how many lives he had touched. Then he thinks about his mother and how he trained to achieve his mother’s dream for him to become an Olympic gold medalist.

It is one memory that apparently kept him going throughout his entire ordeal aside from his family’s love. This is not what his mother wants, this is not the life she wants her son to live.

The moment Oscar started talking, it seemed as though each load was taken off piece by piece. His heart was free. This was his chance to make everything right. He may not be able to pull others up, but this is his way of not letting them fall.

There used to be something missing, but somehow he finally made his peace.

Oscar De la Hoya has found his meaning.

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