I believe, as a woman, we are here for the sake of other women – above all, for those upon whose smile and wellbeing our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a unique bond of sympathy.
Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow-women, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.
It’s important to know that at the end of the day, it’s not about the money, awards or metals. What I’ll remember is the process – what I learned about myself by challenging myself, the experiences I share with other people, the honesty of what transition, training and commitment demands – those are the things nobody can take away from me.
May each of you dream high and go for it by surrounding yourself with people who believe in you, and ignore those who try to pull you back.
Never give up, never give in and no matter what — this journey makes you STRONGER.