It’s been over a year since I got here. So much has changed.

Life has a way of creeping in and exposing areas we had no idea we owned.

There is so much I still have left to share, especially not so happy parts. I’m still thinking about the lessons I need to glean from all that is happening. But more importantly, I’m trying to make sure that my story doesn’t portray an image of the people in my life that leaves room for unnecessary doubt or guilt from me.

Reading that last part, I don’t even know if it makes much sense.

I can feel the excitement I had about being an immigrant giving way to a more stoic acceptance and an even more visceral fight for independence. I am so much more in touch with my feelings and one thing that I realize is how much I want to travel the world.

I am grateful for these words, Marley. I have often read them in silence and meditated on what they meant to me. Today, as I take one more step towards becoming the person I choose to me, I wanted to thank you for these words and to let you know that they meant a lot to me.

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