I’ve been extremely fortunate to get to know an encouraging friend or two. I can’t even tell you how much that means to me. Sometimes in life, you can’t completely avoid the negative discouragement of people you’d rather not have to deal with. It’s only through getting to know a few positive people that I realised just how profoundly the negative influences have affected me. So, if you’re one of the positive people in my life, and you know who you are, if you are one, my sincerest gratitude for your acceptance of me with all of my peculiarities.