As I think about the last year in review I have had a lot of accomplishments but always some more obstacles to overcome. I couldn’t help but think of the song “I Will Rise Up” by Andra Day. The song is about overcoming barriers. One of the things I have been taught recently is that we learn from our failures; either it’s a lesson or there is going to be a positive outcome. I don’t mean to talk everyone’s ear off about failure, but what I have learned is I would rather fail then never try. In the past two months, I have been thinking about moving on my own. It’s going to be the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. In my journey to get my apartment I am having to prove to my parents I am capable of living on my own. I’m like a child learning how to walk, the mother doesn’t hold the child back from walking, but like anything it takes time and patience. The child keeps trying to get up and walk! I have the drive and commitment to prove I can be independent. Yes, I am going to make mistakes, everyone does, but I would rather learn than live my life locked in a box. Because; you see we learn from our failures, whether we have a disability or not. Before I end this message, I thought I would end with a word about confidence. Even the most confident people have their moments when they feel down and let failure or pressure take them, but we rise from falling. That’s how we learn, that’s how we grow together! We can become the best we can be by failing and at the end of the day we will rise up!!