There Is Another Way

If I could go back in time and talk with this young man what would I say?

I would tell him that his fear of missing out would cause him to miss out on his full potential.

I would tell him that his wish to escape would come true but in a different way than expected. He would find himself isolated and alone.

I would tell him that he’s an alcoholic and that he is going to hurt the ones he loves the most.

I would tell him that there is another way.

I would tell him these things… but… He wouldn’t listen.

I wrestle with this notion, because I feel called to help youth around the same age as I am in this picture (17). Knowing that there is nothing I could say to that kid to change his mind is disheartening.

I believe there is a way to get through.

Maybe we can’t prevent kids from experimenting with drugs and alcohol but I think we can give them a safe place to go when they have found it to be an empty promise. We can set the example of what life with true purpose looks like.

I’m really just thinking out loud here. I have this vision and I hope it resonates with people. I truly believe it can make a positive impact not only in my community but be a model of success for the nation.

Posted by Groundedfish

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