When I give my retirement speech one day, will be proud to say that I was able to overcome the hand I was dealt in childhood. I will be grateful to recount the fact that I broke the cycle of abusive relationships, divorce and traumatized children. I will hopefully be able to stand before my many children and grandchildren who will be healthy, happy and proud to call me theirs, and tell them that I followed my dreams, not my bank account. I will tell my family and friends how I took ahold of my education from a young age, and used that independence and self-discipline to open my own business one day; maybe a bakery or an animal rescue. I will tell them that God has carried me such a long way from where I began, and how he has gifted me with so many angels throughout my journey. I will tell them that even though my job was not always the same as my calling, I knew God would guide me exactly where I needed to be when I needed to be there; and that he will do the same for each and every one of the people surrounding me.
When I give my retirement speech, I hope that everything I aspire to be today as a seventeen year old will never change; I hope I will be able to look back on my life and see the generous, kind, loving and outgoing person I have always strived to be. And even though sometimes I may fall short, I hope that I never lower my expectations for myself, morally or physically. I hope I always follow my calling, and that I never give up on anything that is truly important to me or the people I love. I will be thankful to be able to say I am soulfully strong, and that I am full of joy for everything I have accomplished; I will be able to say this because I am a fighter, and I never backed down.
Lastly, I would thank God, and all my family and friends who stuck through the think and thin with me; especially my husband, Carmine, who I couldn’t have done any of this without. He has been my inspiration, my refuge and my guardian angel. I hope old age never softens us my love, because we are going to be the two most badass, lawless and loveable retirees that ever did live.