Today I feel like I have my shit together. I have decided that failing does not make me a failure. My fate is what I accept it to be - failure will not be mine.  I am not ashamed of my struggle because it means I have consistently chosen to fight adversity - I will not let the circumstances win.  I have discovered my talent for persistence and my ability to not only endure hard work, but to embrace it. I will not give up. I cannot give up.  Too many people have worked too damn hard to get me here.  My efforts and their sacrifices will not have been made in vain. I will continue to keep the fire of this passion burning because my light belongs to the world as much as it belongs to me.