Family, friends, colleagues, peers, mentors, organizations, strangers, others.
Today, 9 Dec 2015, in Sydney, Australia, I write to you all a message;
A message of gratitude for your influence in my life, large or small. Whether you have been there with me for most of my life, or whether we have met only briefly.
All of you have contributed to the person that writes to you now, proud and smiling and happy to be.
To my parents, I thank you for bringing me up in this strange world. For teaching me to walk on my own two feet--first as a toddler, then as a young adult.
To my awesome brother, for being a role model and irreplaceable part of my life.
To the friends who have been loyal and supportive during the rough times, and had a blast with me during the fun times.
To the enemies I have encountered along the way, who have taught me how to reexamine myself and become stronger.
To the strangers that dared to smile or smile back.
To those I have met while traveling, for sharing glimpses of bliss on this earth.
To the people I have worked with in the academic and professional realms, who have taught me how to look at the world in expansive ways.
To the Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah, for believing in me and fostering my growth as a university student. And for providing the resources and support for me to be out here in a foreign land.
And to everyone else who has shared a flight with me on this human journey of ours.