On my journey I have had many disappointments. Many surprising things have happened and I have had many opportunities for my soul to grow and overcome. I have come to know myself and love myself and to believe in me enough to stand by my choices. A year ago it appeared to many who subscribe to the belief in mental illness that I was having a manic episode, a midlife crisis, a bipolar moment. I have been open albeit ambiguous about what I have actually experienced and I allow for others to have those opinions. As it is, I am responsible for my choices and I have proven to the most important person in this world, MYSELF, that I am absolutely worthy and deserving of living the life I want and of pursuing freedom and happiness in spite of the opposition I face and the forces who would have me believe otherwise.