You, Me, Empathy - Episode 61: No Man Is An Island with Rudy Caseres

Trigger Warning: Brief suicidal ideation is mentioned in this episode.

On Episode 61 of You, Me, Empathy, Rudy Caseres and I explore feeling like an outsider, the dichotomy of wanting independence and wanting to be loved, and why we absolutely need people; we need feely humans in our lives.


Rudy also shares his experience in the army, where he first felt safe and with his people, but eventually led to a mental breakdown, a catatonic event, and his eventual leaving of the army—which was one of the darkest periods of his life. In his childhood, Rudy felt like an outsider, like he was alone, which led to a default state of cherished independence, but also yearning to be loved, and part of something, part of a team, a cohesive unit.

The dichotomy between those two feelings (independence and feeling wanted and loved) is something I think we can all relate to.

We also explore the anxiety in everyday things we humans have to do, such as filling up our cars with gas! Plus, Rudy’s bipolar disorder diagnosis, alpacas (!), feeling like we’re missing out on our fullest potential, the struggle of low self-esteem, the mania of bipolar, and, most of all . . . that we, yes you, need people. We need each other. We, us feely humans, need other feely humans. Because, after all: no man is an island.

Lastly, we explore Rudy’s work with This Is My Brave, The Mighty, No Restraints, and future alpaca farms.

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