Recharge and Reset
There's no question that sometimes the battle gets messy. There are set-backs. There are downright defeats.
So you go to ground. You count your allies. You turn to the past and dig out untrodden paths in search of inspiration and confirmation. Confirmation that what you are trying to bring about is worth it.
Because you don't have that kind of unwavering confidence that comes with the arrogance of youth. That got beaten out of you by life. By "friends." By the drift of life lived in geological time.
And when you find what you needed -- down at the roots, through the eyes of a lost mentor, in the heartbeat of a lover, in the warm look in a friend's eyes -- when that's with you in every cell? Then you don't need that arrogance. You've got conviction, and that's a solid foundation for a great endeavor.