It’s been a year since the night Tiger Woods crashed his SUV outside of his Florida home – and it’s safe to say his life hasn’t been the same since.
The golf pro reflects on his changed priorities in a new essay published in Newsweek, writing that his kids Sam, 3, and Charlie, 1 1/2, now come before everything else:
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.”
The golf pro suffered a pretty spectacular fall from grace – not to mention a divorce from his wife Elin Nordegren – after news of his many infidelities hit the tabloids last fall.