Coming Soon
March 11, 2006

I went to see a movie at my church Friday night, which was conceived and filmed by three north American teenagers. In 1997, a young man named Jim Wheeler, feeling alone and despairing, took his own life. These teens took Jimmy's poetry and art across the United States and listened to other teenagers talk about their lives.

One of the most poignant moments for everyone in the audience was when one young man discussed how he had been like Jimmy Wheeler. How he felt like he was in the middle of the ocean and all he wanted to do was to swim to shore, to solid ground. But, since the ocean was all around him, he was unsure which way the shore was � picking a direction to swim might very well mean that you're actually swimming further out to sea and further away from land beneath your feet. And so, you just kind of tread water in place, afraid that any direction would be the wrong direction.

With that in mind, I'm going to begin telling bits of my teenaged story over the next few weeks � so that maybe those folks who are afraid to swim to a shore they can't see will gain some sense of direction.

I guess I'm just warning folks that things are gonna be mostly serious around here for a while, so be ready. ?

Posted by Red Monkey at March 11, 2006 4:14 PM | Struggles | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |

 

suki said:

you were here, and you didn't even visit! :(

March 12, 2006 12:20 AM

I am sooo ready!!

XXOO,
JTL

March 12, 2006 9:43 AM
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