I am sure that everyone is well aware of the local overnight internet sensation, Ted Williams. Less than 3 weeks ago, he was begging for dollar bills at the intersection of Hudson and I-71 in Columbus, OH; less than 3 weeks ago, he lived in a make-shift tent behind a rundown gas station; and less than 3 weeks ago, no one – and I mean, NO ONE – knew who he was or cared, for that matter.
Now, if you aren’t familiar with the story, here is the long and the short of it: a local beat reporter for the Columbus Dispatch interviewed Ted and his “golden voice” and posted it online. Within 3 days, Ted was fielding offers from people all across the country for TV and radio voice-over work. Needless to say, Ted received a 2nd chance of a lifetime.
Now, as I was reading the news online today, I came across this ‘update’ article on Ted and I posed the following question to myself:
Is Ted Williams worthy and deserving of a 3rd chance?
There are a lot of arguments floating around that support Ted and do not support Ted. For me, I decided that I am for Ted getting the help that he needed in order to honor this 2nd chance he received 3 weeks ago. I have read a lot of dialogue from the “against Ted” camp, and as much as I try to find any “redeeming arguments” that were made, I couldn’t. There wasn’t any part of me that could totally write-off Ted forever. Do I feel he’ll get 2nd and 3rd chances from the same people? More than likely not. Yet I hope Ted will continue to get the chances, albeit 10-20, to get his life turned around.
In the end, we all can learn something or have some sentimental takeaways from the life of our local celebrity, Ted Williams. I feel we all could use a 2nd chance in some area of our lives. Whether its repairing a broken relationship from 3-4 year ago that went sour to maybe fulfilling a promise to yourself to learn how to paint. Whatever it may be, it’s worth doing even if you have some skeletons in your closet like our local celebrity. Just ask Ted.