May 24th, 2003

Eye of the Dragon

It's been a long road.

I graduate today.

After 21 years of struggle and striving, discouragement and determination, I am finally standing up on that stage and getting my Bachelor of Science degree.

Nervous? No. This is just the ceremony, the confirmation of my achievement. The real culmination--and the anxiety--came yesterday, when I presented my capstone thesis. That anxiety vanished when I stood up at the podium, saw my Power Point presentation on screen, and started to speak. I knew this stuff. I had it down. I'd spend two years of my life on this project, exploring and examining every detail, and everything just... flowed.

I was in my element.

Yesterday, it all came together.

And today... I get to bask.



It's been a long road, getting from there to here.
It's been a long time, but my time is finally near.
And I can feel a change in the wind right now,
Nothing's in my way.
And they're not going to hold me down no more,
No they're not going to hold me down.

'Cause I've got faith of the heart,
I'm going where my heart will take me.
I've got faith to believe... I can do anything.
I've got strength of the soul,
And no one's going to bend or break me.
I can reach any star, 'cause I've got faith.
I've got faith.
Faith of the heart.


It's been a long night,
Trying to find my way.
Been through the darkness,
Now I'll finally have my day.
And I will see my dream come alive at last.
I will touch the sky.
And they're not going to hold me down no more,
No they're not going to change my mind.

'Cause I've got faith of the heart,
I'm going where my heart will take me.
I've got faith to believe... I can do anything.
I've got strength of the soul,
And no one's going to bend or break me.
I can reach any star, 'cause I've got faith.
I've got faith.
Faith of the heart.


I've known a wind so cold, I've seen the darkest days.
But now the winds I feel are only winds of change.
I've been to the fire, and I've been to the rain,
But I'll be fine.

'Cause I've got faith of the heart,
I'm going where my heart will take me.
I've got faith to believe... I can do anything.
I've got strength of the soul,
And no one's going to bend or break me.
I can reach any star, 'cause I've got faith.
I've got faith.
Faith of the heart.



"Faith of the Heart", lyrics by Diane Warren, performed by Rod Stewart
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