We’re all here for the same reason. Dressed in training gear - a cropped tank and pants. It’s comfortable, flexible, durable, and brightly colored, reflecting the smiles on our faces and the lightness in our spirits.
This uniform represents how hard we’ve worked in the past to get where we are now, and how we’ll continue to work hard in the present to be who we are today. We might all be different, in face, in colour, in pronouns, in labels, but we are all the same in heart.
A distinct pair of footsteps. A collective preparative inhale. You are ready to face everything the world has to offer. “Everyone,” a voice rings out loud and clear from the front of the room, “let us begin.”