"Believe in the [me] that believes in you!" - Kamina, Gurren Lagaan (2007)
Thank you! For what? Well...for being you. You may not be someone I know, but that doesn't make you any less relevant in my life. In fact, even if I do know you, we may even disagree on a great many things but that won't stop me from appreciating who you are. What you do. Your lifestyle. Your choices. Even if they are unfortunate. Without even meaning to you have helped shape my life which in turns helps to shape others. The things you say, your actions, even your inactions all contribute in some way to the lives of others.
I believe in you. That includes your imperfections and your mistakes. I understand you may be in a tough spot. Or, perhaps, you are having trouble in your life. Your job may not be the best or even what you want to do, but you are doing it. I see that, and I appreciate it knowing you are still going at it even if I don't always express it. Don't let it get you down, you have others who recognize you and want to stand by your side. If you find it difficult to believe in yourself or others, believe in me because I believe in you.
Thank you for hauling my garbage even as I sleep. Thank you for working the late or early shift at a fast food place. Thank you for putting up with my questions that in retrospect I should have known before standing in line. Thank you for the offer on the phone, even if it's a cold call, it may not be the best job for you but I will treat you respectfully. Thank you for making sure I can go into the grocery store at 4:00 a.m. for an odd assortment of groceries. Thank you for stepping up to lead a faith, community, or organization, even if it or your position is contentious. Thank you for showing me that it is possible to earn fantastic sums of income above what I currently make.
Myself and others have learned from you. Actually, we still are. We are always learning. What you do enforces in us what is right and wrong. It shows us what we are capable of doing as human beings, even in tragic circumstances. You teach us lessons we could never hope to learn in formal schooling. We may never see how you planted your garden in your back yard, but the fact you did it makes us happy because it makes you happy.
You get my thanks, and all you must do to continue that is be yourself. Grow, fail, love, live, regret, learn, hurt, heal. Kamina offers you and I one other piece of advice:
"Don't be held back by someone else's [garbage] in fake memories.The one path you chose for yourself, is the truth of your universe."