Just a few honest words. I’m filled with gratitude today for many reasons. For the goodness of a truly open conversation, for two eyes that have seen the other side of the world, for history, for a soft bed, for contrast and colors, for warm food and a working body, for a platform to share my story. I’m thankful for a full life, for the starkness of winter mornings, for ridicule, for acknowledgment, for books and paper and pen. For a suitcase to fill, for self discipline and betterment, for time, for space, for a world that is just as twisted as it is beautiful, for a few good shoulders to rest my head upon. Thank you.