Today I stand genuinely happy for accomplishing something most never believed would happen, whether I was locked up, homeless or drowning my sorrows.
Today I stand humble, ready to accept every challenge that awaits me in my future and ready to overcome every obstacle that stands in the way of my dreams.
Today I stand a man shedding tears of joy, reflecting on every hardship I’ve had to endure knowing it was for good reason leading me up to this moment.
Today I stand proud of myself for the first time in my life, without shame or doubt as to the man I have grown to be and the man I am striving to become.
Today I stand thankful for the family members, friends, teachers, and classmates that have supported me and the help and insight they have given me along the way.
Words can only describe so much of how I feel today; the rest lies within my heart, mind and soul. I will not forget where I came from, no matter where I go.
The journey continues.