John Goode is one of the most brilliant writers on the market today in all types of fiction, but especially his young adult literature. Not only can the man write brilliantly, but his mind is just amazing. Just a few days ago he wrote these profound words on the subject of hope. The following is not mine – I’m quoting John Goode:
Hope is life.
Hope is the knowledge that the odds of you coming out to be you are so astronomical that it is easier to predict weather than to figure out how special it is you are here. Hope is the belief that you being here is not a random occurrence, that you are here because there was a shocking lack of you in the universe before you were born and now, it is filled. Hope is that the reason you are here will affect others in a positive way, that just by being you, people are made better. Hope is that no matter how dark it gets, there is always a light just around the corner. Hope is that no matter how lonely you may seem, you know that at the very least you are your own best friend. Hope is the belief in that things that have not happened yet will turn out to be good. Hope is also knowing that some of those things will turn out bad, but it is ok, because there is always more good than bad in the end. Hope is throwing a football of faith to a receiver you cannot see and knowing that even though it may take time, he will catch it and score. Hope is that you are wrong that things are not as bad as you think. Hope is that if it is that bad, it can’t stay like that forever. Hope is not that you turn out perfect but that you find people as messed up as you someday. Hope is not about winning the lottery, it is about having enough money to play. Hope is the candle that flickers in the night of your soul. Hope is that even if it goes out, someone will come by and light it again with their own flame. Hope is not wishing for the impossible, it is knowing the impossible can happen.
Hope is everything, even if you don’t believe it, because it believes in you.
He told me that he wrote this for a friend who was feeling down. Lucky is the person who has John Goode as a friend.