To my friend for life, Perseverance. Before I met you, I gave up easily. Even the smallest set back caused
me to throw in the towel. I would quit before I began. You were larger than life unapproachable for people like me. I couldn’t imagine you would ever be my friend. I felt unworthy, incapable of having a friend with such strength. You challenged me to never give up and that seemed impossible. You were the perfect friend to so many others, but I doubted you would be the same to me. I watched you walk by with winners and achievers. I told myself you were out of my league. The pain of jealousy cut deep. I was angry at you and
all those who called you ‘friend’. You were part of an elite crowd that wouldn’t let the likes of me in. I saw your determination doggedness and devotion follow all those around you. I wanted more than anything to add you to my list of friends, to have what they had. Slowly, I got up and day by day resolved to continue
despite any and all difficulties. With you in my life each day I began to believe I could succeed. I couldn’t have done it without you, Perseverance and I love you for it. You build character, you support purpose and you make winning possible. Look at me, my friend I am a success because of your support
and who you are, Perseverance. If you weren’t a part of my life, I wouldn’t be here today celebrating this victory. I am forever thankful to you. You kept me going when I wanted to quit. You turned weakness into strength. I love you Perseverance and I am proud to call you, Friend.