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Chapter 4: The Young and the Hopeless
My parents took this picture on my first day of 7th grade. My hair was short, I walked with a limp… but somehow, I didn’t care. I just wanted to get my life back, and I was determined that getting out there and going to school was the start. My dad took this picture just before I left for “Picture Day” at school. My hair was short and brown (before cancer it was blonde and long, of course), but I was tryin’ to work what I got! Strangely enough, random people used to come up to me when I was out and be like, “I like your haircut! Where’d you get it done?” My response, in the most non-awkward way possible was, “Um, St. Christopher’s Hospital for children?” This is a picture from our 7th grade drama, Sir Gawain. I was the “princess” in the blonde curly wig and pink dress. And my 7th grade crush was dressed up like a girl behind me in the fairy costume. Ha! Loved my friends.
In the section “The Hands of Rebellion” in this chapter, I talk about low expectations for young people. Authors Alex and Brett Harris pointed out in their book
Do Hard Things, the word “teenager” didn’t even exist until it was published in Reader’s Digest in 1941. These guys have a lot to say on this particular topic. Here’s a link to their books: http://www.therebelution.com/books/
So… did you answer the last action challenge question? “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?” I’d love to hear your answer below!
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Paige Omartian is an author, speaker, and recording artist who is passionate about stirring an awakening in young people. At 21 years old, she has dedicated her life to reaching teens and young adults to encourage them to find their purpose and not waste their life. Through her own struggle with cancer, she has come face-to-face with the reality of how precious life is, and how God has an amazing purpose for each person.
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