Everything that needed to be said is in the speech.
I realized very early on that my black belt isn’t about my belt at all, it is about the journey on the way and who I became.
Who I am becoming.
I used to think black belt was the end of the journey, now I know it is the beginning.
For my speech I had a decision to make.
I could thank everyone and tell them how excited I am about my journey.
Or I could be real, honest and raw about the why. Why I made the promise to myself to earn my black over ten years ago, why I changed on the journey, how I changed. The challenges required were the hardest I have ever had to navigate through in my life.
And I wouldn’t change a thing.