I’ve written this essay a hundred times already, always hitting different angles and trying to cover everything, but it’s just not possible. I’m going to keep it short and sweet and dedicate it to those who’ve been there for me and lead by example as I’ve developed as a professional and a person. My heroes and my role models — the ones who taught me to defend my choices and be true to my gut instincts. The ones who taught me that when the going gets tough, the tough don’t break down in moments of weakness and make bad choices. I hope this means something to someone.