Bittersweet

9 months of anticipation; a new beginning as a candle turned to smoke.

A lifetime of collaboration to walk across that stage; the most influential could not be present.

The faint musk of liquor, the harbinger of joy and pain.

The sadness of success and great accomplishment.

A successful man feels but does not react.

The unintended commingling of sadness and hope that betrays what you choose to show.