Preface.

If you are a young adult, 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 many adults seem materialistic, selfish or even cruel, there are countless more who aren’t. You may not hear about them (they don’t make the news) but they’re there. And they care. This book is an example of one of them attempting to share their knowledge.

I want you to know that although the world might often seem heartless and out of control, it is nevertheless a good world, and it offers you a wonderful adventure. I make no attempt to explain why the world is wonderful; rather, I want to help you see that it’s wonderful. 
 First, you have to lose your fear of it. Then the good becomes easy to see. 
 How do we lose our fear of the world?

We build ourselves a person.

That doesn’t mean becoming a success. It’s about you feeling comfortable with yourself whether you succeed or not. It’s about helping you become the person you are meant to be, and doing it in your way, in your time, and on your terms.

Most importantly, 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. Then you can see the world is beautiful. And that life also is beautiful. And precious.

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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