Time is growing short here, and I hope that I will have enough time to post this thank you. I apologize if it is brief, but the brevity of the remainder of 43things forces me to be quick.
In the years that I’ve been on this site, I have met people who never cease to amaze and inspire me. Men and women who are smart, strong, kind hearted, giving, courageous and generous with their time and love. Dreamers and realists. Lovers and fighters. Men and women who have known great joy and have shared those moments with me and so many others. Men and women who have suffered great losses and adversities such as family issues, deaths, job loss, illnesses, and breakups (to name a few), yet were able to keep moving; not only inspiring me to do the same, but supporting me while I tried. Heroes and heroines.
You have shared in my goals and helped me complete them, but more importantly you have also shared in my joy without jealously or mocking – something I appreciate beyond words as, until I came to this place, I didn’t even know joy could be shared. This place redefined what I thought was support, and I’m grateful.
In the last four and a half years, this place, and the family (yes family) that I have made here have helped me fight a debilitating illness, heal from heartbreaks, grieve losses, fight for things that I wanted, and let go of things that I no longer did. I have become an advocate, re-entered the work force, gone back to (and completed) school, and, in a few short hours, I will be starting a new chapter by moving out of my childhood home for the first time in my life.
My life has been touched, changed and enriched by each and every one of you. Every single person here has been, is, and will be, a blessing.
Now… go share your cheers with the people who will still be around at the last moments – don’t comment on this as I won’t be able to say anything back, which will haunt me until the end of 43t if the guilt doesn’t kill me first!
Kidding. Sort of. Like 40% ;)
In all seriousness, thank you for being a part of my journey, and for allowing me the privilege of having been with you on your journeys as well.
In the words of Phil Collins: You’ll be in my heart…always.