“Evan…what we we fight for? What do we go to battle for? Why, every morning…do you get out of bed? For what?

I guess it’s about to get pretty personal right now.

There are things about me that I have rooted deeply inside…that in time, with patience and persistence, I will infect…in the most positive of ways, the people around me. In many ways this has already started to develop…but tonight, I am going to tell you what I fight for.

I fight for people. I fight for their greatness, their dreams, their passions. I fight to raise them up, to raise them beyond, and to raise them further than they even thought possible. I fight to drag them out of the mud…and to help them see again. I fight to drag them out of the darkness and to help them believe again.

I fight for love. I fight for the people I love, for love itself, and when all seems to be lost…I stand. I stand strong. Maybe I am the last one standing, but I stand nonetheless. I fight for love because I know that love is the most powerful thing that exists in this world. Love changes lives…love changes nations…love changes the world. There is nothing more powerful and there is nothing I believe in more.

I sacrifice for others. I’ll be so patient I am in a hurry. I’ll take the time, I’ll go through anything, I’ll move mountains and I’ll swim oceans. I will go to battle. To put on the armor for those around me, to be there when no one else shows up…no matter the odds…the enemy…or even the situation. I will be on that field with you no matter what.

I will answer the call. Maybe that call comes as a surprise, maybe it is a call I hear time and time again. But I will answer it. I will fight…hard…even for those who have done nothing for me.

I will take a stand for what I believe in. I will be the mountain…the one thing that you could press your whole body up against when you have nothing left in you, and you will have a foundation behind you stronger than the Rock of Gibraltar. I will not crumble. I will take your weight. I will carry those around me when they can’t walk.

I do not quit. I never quit on those who matter to me, who have touched me in some way, who have made a difference in my life, who have awoken something deep inside of me. I leave the doors open, never slamming them in someones face…because I know that one day, if it’s right, I will be called again…and I will answer again.

I will guide you through the darkness. When you cannot see, you can hold my hand. When you cannot feel, you can allow yourself to be wrapped up in my arms. When you cannot breathe, I will settle you down. When you are in fear, in doubt, in worry…I will restore you…believe in you…fight for who you are – even when you can’t fight for yourself.

I will protect you. Will stand in front of you if there’s a threat…defend you tooth and nail.

I will be your confidant, remind you of the truth when you lose your way and put a smile on your face through the thick of it.

I battle for people. I battle for those around me because I know how valuable it is when someone has stepped forward for me. I’ve never forgotten those people. They are solidified in my memory and are as much a piece of me as anything else. They stood for me, so I stand for others.

I take no shortcuts…no way around…no half-assed effort…no “calling it in.” No, I take you through. Right through it. My ways are different, but through it we go. I wear my scars proud from adventures past, and almost look forward to the new ones. Why? Because I’m battle tested. You can count on me. You can put your money on me. You can expect from me. You can ask from me. Why? Because I demand from myself to love…to give nothing short than love. While I fail… I recover and fix. While I suffer… I heal and fight time and time again. No two battles are the same, but I always show up to the arena, ready, excited…thrilled to be there.

I will do these things…and you will owe me nothing. I will ask for nothing…because for me, I am living. I am here. I am. The thrill of being true, alive…the thrill of being who I am. That’s what matters to me. No thanks is needed…no approval…because everything I need I can see in your eyes. You could never put words to that look…but I see it..and I just know. I know that everything I fight for, everyone I fight for…that I am loved…and that there will be many adventures to come.

Evan Sanders
The Better Man Project