Here I am, about an hour from my birthday and I am reflecting on my life. I have gone through a lot in my 30 years on Earth. I have lived through events that you wouldn’t believe and I came out on top. I have learned a lot of lessons and I have learned them the hard way. There have been times that I was dragged through the dirt but I came out clean in the end.
In my 30 years I have had my heart broken, I have broken hearts, I have lost loved ones, and I have gained new ones. I lost my eldest son and I apologize for anything and everything I ever did Melissa. My family and friends stretch far and beyond and I care for them and appreciate the part they play in my life. I am happy with my life and what I have accomplished. This is only the beginning; I have much more to give. Get ready, the next 30 years are going to kick ass. Thank you and Happy Birthday to me.
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This is a must listen so please check it out and share it. To learn more about Uivo and the IAED follow the links below. As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show, please send an email to email@example.com.
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