I have a diverse set of family and friends. Diversity in terms of life experiences – adoption, special needs, transgender, degenerative disease, loss of a loved one. I bow in respect and raise my hands to salute them for their courage, and resilience. Because of them, I look at life not just from my lens but theirs too. Because of them, I know “normal” is the most overrated term. Because of them, I am more empathetic and less judgmental. Because of them, I know everyone is fighting a battle, quitely and bravely, and a little kindness goes a long way. Because of them, I am a better human being. My heartfelt gratitude.