I am ever so thankful for the friends who have become my long-standing family in lieu of my own family. I am thankful that I have come to love my mother unconditionally regardless of her condition fostered by a dependency on alcohol. I am thankful for my dad despite the distance between us. I am thankful for the counselor who revealed to me that my parents did the best that they knew how so that I no longer begrudge either of them.
I have come a long way with my life and, though it is not perfect, each step is better than before. No one can understand the trials that I have overcome to get here. And no one is going to make me feel bad about the place that I am at. I am who I am. Like it or leave it.