I was chatting with a bike center buddy this morning about her nephew. Her nephew (and godchild) did manage to graduate high school and have a party last weekend, and then proceeded to total a car that same night. The kid has issues (been to rehab, etc.) and the poor mother is at her wits end with it. (she is a single mom)
I told her that sometimes those problem kids are the ones that turn out the best in the end, and gave her my family's example.
Now that I am a parent these kinds of stories are all the more heartbreaking and scary. It is amazing that anyone makes it through their teenage years alive. I guess that's the prize- you're still alive. What is it that makes that one self-destructive kid get all those chances while another one may die trying one drug once? Just luck.
Thank god I have a while to wait for these worries...