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Special thanks to Chase Gielda of OAM Meditation for thoroughly reviewing and editing Willpowerful. His contributions were significant in setting a direction for Willpowerful and widening the audience that can be reached, yet tailoring specifically to those audiences.
If you are a young person dreaming of the freedom to lead your own life, this guide can help. In this guide, wecelebrate the human will for independence. Yes, you are young, and yes- you have the right to own your life.
With determination and dedication, you have the chance to be free. You could be a leader in youth rights, if you step up to the challenge.
This booklet is licensed under Creative Commons – Attribution. The most current publication is attributed to Nemo Sundry.
What’s New in the Update?
The new update’s primary changes are in the writing. We’ve replaced filler story with more pragmatic advice and laid it out step by step, especially experiences that aren’t obvious or transparent. We adjusted the language so it would make the most sense to the young people reading it, and connect with their real and evolving experiences. In focusing mostly on pragmatic advice, the final version is able to provide multiple examples to address choices relevant at younger ages, roughly 12-16, and as a person gets older, around 16-21. But autonomy (independence) is a universal need, so at whatever age a person begins the path, there’s something in Willpowerful for them. Cheers!
Nemo’s Path to Independence: How Willpowerful Was Born
When I was growing up, there was a pervasive myth that there were no options for minors seeking independence, even from abusive or authoritarian environments and relationships. Through my own actions, in a combination of blind exploration and sheer luck, I discovered a whole world of opportunity for genuine independence that’s mostly invisible, unless you’re lucky or know what to look for.
Having moved into a transitional housing program for “at-risk” youth, I transformed over three years from a sheltered, incapable, PTSD-riddled teenager into one of the most autonomous, truly independent and fulfilled people I’d ever met. I had community in that program, I had friends in the staff and my neighbors who understood each other’s shared experiences- And shed light on the truth about ageism and abuse towards children.
Towards the end of my stay in that program, newer residents, especially those struggling in high school, sought me out for advice. What started as “homework help” (one of the most unlikely tasks for me to willingly do) transformed rapidly into larger conversations about the challenges of becoming autonomous, psychologically and economically, in a world ignorant to the true needs of teens and children.
A door had been opened for such conversations that critically questioned traditional narratives about growing up into adulthood, about autonomy and human rights, and economics. I synthesized the best of what I learned in these mentorship and youth liberation discussions among my peers and younger teens. In Sept 2015 the first version of Willpowerful was born, combining the most universal and powerful wisdom from the discussions, experiments and research.
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