A diamond in the roughPosted: August 24, 2011
I met a courageous 19-year-old last weekend, who said something that has stuck with me all week.
Before I tell you what it was, you should know that he’s gay, and lives with his disapproving parents. He moved out when his brother became violent, and is only back there now because his brother is behind bars.
His parents have removed his bedroom door as a way of controlling him. He won’t be there long I can tell you.
He said lots of things (“I’m already a diamond, I don’t need to go platinum”), but this is the one that resonated:
“I like people who go against the grain, and who are not afraid to get splinters.”
That’s the strength of youth alright, but we can all learn something from that.
Get out there and make it count.
If it’s not hurting, it’s not working.