Grat·i·tude /ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/ the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
The words “thank you” don’t seem to be enough to express the gratitude and indebted emotions I have towards those who have supported me throughout this process. Those who have been there to provide encouraging words, who have kept me in their prayers, those who let me know how proud they are, and those who have purchased books and Complicated merchandise, mean so much to me. I cannot begin to celebrate my accomplishments because I did not get here alone. Like many others, trials and tribulations, along with life’s curve balls, made it almost impossible for me to visualize my potential and keep focus. I stepped back from the world, distanced myself from family and friends, and found my confidence in some dark places; it wasn’t easy but it was necessary and it was my journey. Adopted and honorary family members became a part of my healing process and, at times, became my biggest cheerleaders. Reactions, opinions and encouragement from persons whom I’ve never met before, who’ve read social media posts, excepts and my manuscripts continue to humble me in the most inspirational ways. Inexplicably, every “Congratulations” and “Good luck” do not go unnoticed. Individuals who traveled to show patronage remind me of my countless blessings. Sincerely and profoundly appreciative for this moment and experience, I will never forget the people nor the encounters of what needed to occur for me to get here and who stood next to me when I arrived. From the very bottom of my heart, thank you.