This post is for Matt v2.0:
It's been a few days since I last checked in on you. I cannot tell you how much I admire your efforts to reinvent yourself and change the way you live life from this day forward (regardless of which day it is). I understand "one day at a time". I am galvanized by your spirit and your zeal for achieving everything that you can possibly achieve. Sometimes I have felt as if I needed to go down the same road you've chosen. Sometimes I try. In some ways I'm committed.
I am grateful to you for making me open my eyes. And, to you I say, do what you have to do to preserve yourself and the goals you are setting for your life. Bravo, you.
It hurts me to see that someone has said something in a response to one of your posts that might make you recoil. I know that we all go through change at our own pace and to be healthy we need to limit input from people that don't get it. And, there are people who will never "get it" who think it's perfectly acceptable to make comments whether they're appropriate or not.
To that, I say you are amazing. I figure that there are thousands of people who wish they could make the commitment to change that you have. Don't let anyone take that away from you.
Keep working toward what you know is best for you. I know God is blessing you. And, if ripping out all of your knit-one, perl-twos (now you know I don't know how to knit) causes you to start over (or look at a situation from a new perspective), it's what's meant to be. You can only become more brilliant from here.