Preface.

If you are in your teens or early twenties, this book is for you. It’s you I want to help.

I want you to know things I wish I had known when I was your age. I want you to know that although the world might often seem heartless and out of control, it is nevertheless a beautiful world, and it offers you a wonderful adventure. I make no attempt to explain why the world is beautiful; rather, I want to help you see that it’s beautiful. 
 First, you have to lose your fear of it. Then the beauty becomes easy to see.

How do we lose our fear of the world?

We build ourselves a person.

Building ourselves a person is not about becoming a success; it’s about you feeling comfortable with yourself whether you succeed or not. It’s about helping you become a person you like and respect, in your way, in your time, and on your terms.

And, it’s about helping you feel comfortable dealing with the world, and feeling that whatever happens, you will handle it. That resilience allows you to feel safe. And that’s when you see that the world is beautiful.

Mark Avery.


‘We are all in the same boat, in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.’

G. K. Chesterton.

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