I spend so much time thinking about the person I was once as opposed to the person I am today. In fact, that time is spent thinking about how to separate myself from my past at an effort to avoid any shame or guilt I feel because of who I was. I need to understand that the person I am is a result of the person I was. I still cast the same shadow, still bleed the same blood, still remember who he was and what he did. I was coping with things I was only beginning to understand at the time. I love the strength he possessed and reiterate that he was enough when I needed him. This piece is based off the idea that I am the shadow I cast and have cast prior to today, there is no need to shame the man I once knew and intrinsically the man I once was.