When I was in my late teens I made a discovery about myself. I've tripped more than a few times, acid and 'shrooms, even done peyote buds. One thing I found out; I have this core. No matter the trip there was always a bit of me in control, an icy observer or a kernel of iron. Something that kept me anchored.
That self knowledge has been a great assurance throughout my life. It's one of the reasons I can keep going when things get bad.
It's something about myself I really like, and it's one of the reasons I feel I can be of help to people. I've been through a lot of shit in my life, you don't get to your sixties without it. Lost my dad and older brother, divorced twice, bankruptcy and well off both, that to me translates into having the... I dunno, proper viewpoint, what am I trying to say here, fuck I'm tired...
Anyway. If you've read this far and you need a boost, to know that yeah, shit happens but you can keep going, well here you are. Sometimes being strong is just about keeping going.