The following speech was given on May 4, 2014 on the occasion of my 50th birthday:
Thanks for coming to Dan’s Fun Fabulous 50th Fiesta. This party has been in the works for the past year! The sad thing is — it may not have happened at all. And that’s because when I was a scared teenager I wanted to kill myself. Boy, am I glad that I didn’t! Life not only got better — it got awesome.
I’ve realized that I can be the fun, funky, lovable, caring individual I am today — and that’s all because I let me be me. I don’t have to fit in — cause I was born to stand out!
First off, thank you God for giving me strength and such a good life.
Thanks to my parents for doing such a great job raising me. Thanks to my siblings and all extended family.
Thanks to all my friends for taking a chance to know someone who may not be the easiest person to get to know.
I want to take a moment to remember all those friends and family members who have died — including our friend, Elliott, this past week. I know I am a better person for having known you.
And finally, thanks to my fiancé, Rasheed, for all that you do— for loving me and letting me grow.
Now enough with the mushy stuff. Let’s get back to the party!
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