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“It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; Who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt

Dear P,

Lest someone (who possibly cannot understand your many struggles) make you feel anything but strong and worthy, know this: You are in the arena every day alongside many sooty faces and could never be counted among the timid, whether it be victory or defeat at the end of your day.

You are brave.

You are important.

This is your arena.