I hope all is well. Today is a very special day for me. I’m not sure where I was five years ago right now. I’m also not sure where I was three years ago right now. I do know two things though, where I was four years ago, and where I am today. Four years ago today, at this very moment, I was standing on wooden skis participating in a debrief activity with B team, the first activity they did after B and C teams were combined. I was terrified. I was at a new place, with new people, and I had no idea what my future was going to be. Obviously you know what happened from there. Four months and a lot of therapy later, I graduated from Traverse, a new person.
Four years ago today, I could not see a week into the future, because I knew for sure that I was not going to be around then. How I was going to get through Summit was not a question. How I was going to get out was. I did not want to be alive anymore, and that was the only thing that was on my mind. It was so comforting to not have to think further than a few days, because I was 100% sure that I was not going to be around to see the weekend. In no corner of my imagination could I have conjured up the idea that maybe, four years from that moment, I would be sitting on the beach at college writing an email to the person who saved my life.
That leads in to the second thing I know, where I am today. Right now, I am sitting in the sun under a palm tree. I have said it a hundred times, but I want you to know that I would not be here today if it weren’t for you and for Summit. Four years ago, high school was out of the picture. The idea that I would someday go to college was pure fiction. But here I am, because of Summit.
So I guess what I want to say is thank you. The fact that I am where I am today is because of you, and everyone at Summit. I signed up for an Intro to Psychology class the other day because I am majoring in Psychology (and possibly double majoring or minoring in Human Development as well) so I can hopefully help kids as much as you do. Now, instead of not being able to see three days into the future, I am looking a years into the future. Instead of picturing my story ending in a matter of days, I see myself helping kids a decade from now. So thank you.