Finding and re-creating yourself is a lifelong journey marked out in moments. It's an apparent paradox: we'll never be "there", yet we're always trying to get there. Patience and persistence keep this paradox taut. Patience helps us celebrate, appreciate, and acknowledge both what we have and that we're in process. Persistence reminds us that we transcend our state and fuels the reconciliation of the world we're creating tomorrow and the world we're in today.