Revising Leah

July 2, 2008

Chapter 23

Filed under: Uncategorized — J.M. Reep @ 10:38 am
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When we’re teenagers, I think we all want someone to tell us that everything will be all right. Our bodies are still growing, we haven’t decided who or what we want to be when we become adults, we’re taking on exciting new responsibilities at the same time that we wish we could abandon those responsibilities and revert to our easier roles as children. It’s a frightening time, and the future looms like a giant question mark. We don’t know if it will be a wonderful future or the realization of our worst fears. The question “Is life worth living?” doesn’t have an answer yet.

So how great would it be to be told that everything will be okay, that the future that seems so scary now won’t be so bad — or at least better than where we are now at age fourteen or fifteen or sixteen? We don’t expect to have all the answers — we’re not looking for a crystal ball to lay out our entire futures for us — all we want is that simple assurance, just a single declaration from some all-knowing authority: “Everything will be all right.”



  1. Excellent posting… I have talk to young adults on this very subject and still they want the assurance of success and happiness. I usually end my simplistic mind, body and soul discussions with; you can fulfill all of your dreams and still not be “happy”. I finish by informing them that what is important is to be prepared to accept failure and regain control over your happiness; being somewhat an expert in “regaining control over” various levels of happiness I try to reinforce to each the importance in treasuring the joyful moments in life.

    Best Regards,
    Annie O.

    Comment by cedarstreetwriter — July 3, 2008 @ 4:14 pm

  2. I was a bit gloomy as a teenager (who wasn’t?), but it would have made all the difference in the world if I could have known that things would turn out all right for me. My adult life isn’t perfect, but I’ve achieved a lot of personal goals that I’ve set for myself and I’m happy. When we’re young, the world is wide open to us. That means possibilities and potential, which is good, but it also means uncertainty and fear.

    Comment by jmreep — July 4, 2008 @ 11:17 am

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