A personal message on my birthday

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Today marks my 36th birthday, which is but an amuse bouche to the wonderful day ahead of me when I will be blessed with marriage to the love of my life, Michelle.

Still, I thought this day would be an appropriate time to share a few personal messages.

Quite honestly, this is the happiest time of my entire life.  Six years ago, during the darkest hours of my life, I would have never thought any of this would be possible.  This being a redemption – emotionally, intellectually, financially, personally, politically, spiritually – that is as much a testament to others as it is to myself, a testament to so many others’ belief in the power of second chances.

While there are literally hundreds of people to whom I am grateful for helping me along the way on this comeback, a few individuals deserve special recognition.

My – I guess I should call him this – best friend Alan Suskey, who, while knowing him only for a few years, has been a tremendous friend and partner.

Second, my saintly and beloved mother, who helped nurse me while I was down and propel me forward on my way up.

Third, and most important, the love of my life, Michelle.  Quite honestly, I would have been content had my comeback plateaued where it was at the beginning of last year, but Michelle coming into my life, with her beauty, compassion, intelligence, loyalty and tenderness, has shown me what the good life is really all about.

Everyone tells me how lucky I am to have her in my life and I have never, ever thought otherwise.

What I never thought is that I would be is this happy again.  For Michelle, for my mother and family, for Alan and my friends, for my business partners and clients , for my generous readers, I am eternally grateful.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.