I am often asked what I would have changed about my past, growing up, the choices I made, the people who broke my heart, if I could make the bad parts go away would I?

My first reaction is to list all the bad parts and make them disappear, to have made a decision that would have made me happier in that moment in past so I would carry the memories and scars with me today.

But then I think again, I remind myself that everything I have been through, every moment I have been in trouble, every moment I cried, every moment I felt completely alone has made me the man I am today.

I have a love of life that makes me want to wake up and bring joy to the world because I know what it feels like to be sad from the very second you wake up, I cherish my family because I know what it feels like to be alone with no one to lean on, I love myself because I know what it feels like to look in the mirror and hate the person you see.

I guess I am trying to say that I’m proud of the scars of my past, they remind me of how strong I can be, they remind me to adore my wife and kids with every inch of my heart, they remind me to appreciate life no matter what I’m going through, but most of all they are a reminder that there is no better feeling that being surrounded by the people who will love you no matter what. الحمدلله