Just to be clear, I do often use “dude” as a “gender-neutral” term, especially when I’m excited, but if that ever makes you uncomfortable or you feel I’m not respecting your gender, you can tell me to stop because me getting to use a certain word is not even close to being as important as you being comfortable around me, okay?
This is a good attitude to have about the word “dude”
Life isn’t easy, and it isn’t mean to be. It’s a challenge we’re meant to tackle and fight against and wrestle with until the day we call it a draw.
That’s right. A draw. Because I am too strong to go down without a fight. You are too strong to go down without a fight. Every single one of us is strong because we are still here and still breathing, still living and still fighting.
If you are reading this, you know someone who has a problem. Maybe it’s you, maybe it’s a family member, a friend, an acquaintance. Maybe it’s anxiety, a neurosis, depression, or something else entirely.
So pick up your sword and your shield, and get back into the battle. You’re not done yet, soldier. You can win this fight, and you will. Fight for what you love and hold dear, whatever that is.
I believe in you, and so do so many others. Even if you think no one cares, there are people out there who do—-you just haven’t met them yet. So pick yourself up, and know that this isn’t a battle you’re fighting alone. We’ve got your back, and we’re fighting with you for whatever you’re fighting for. You can do this.