I never cut corners. Or that I took the good with the bad with ease. However, I've gained an endurance I would not have gained had I left this place. Yes. It has taken from me. It has beaten me down. But it has also added so much to my life. Not because I changed my perspective but because Uptown itself, in the midst of great change, has stayed the same. It was beautiful, it is beautiful, and it will be beautiful after I'm gone. It is the setting of my every earthly chapter. The backdrop of my longest scene yet. It is Mi Casa Uptown.