Not Congratulations

Hey, Alex. Happy 1-yr anniversary. You know what for.

And we both know that you never thought you’d get here.

But you did, and this is not me congratulating you. Congratulations for this would be empty–because over the last year, I’ve watched you undertake a very real project of personal growth. As someone who’s been there more-or-less every step of the way, I know it’s been far from easy. There have been setbacks, and bad days, and times you wanted to give up.

But wanting to do something and actually doing it are two different things, and you didn’t give up. Didn’t say “fuck it”. You have proven that you are stronger than you believed, and more capable than you thought. That’s hard to learn, and something more people should do anyway. So as you celebrate this landmark, look back. Reflect on just how far you’ve come in the last year.

And then make a goal for the next one.

I think this goes without saying, but as we live in a world of rampant asshattery, please allow me to state for the record: this is my intellectual property. As such, please do not copy, circulate, edit, alter, take credit for, or otherwise appropriate this material without my express permission. Thank you.

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