Dimitri read through his great grandfather's journals with his mouth open in awe. His great grandfather had left everything in Latvia to come to escape Nazi Germany. He would have brought his family but he had been traveling for work and before he had gotten home, the Nazi's had invaded and killed them. He had fled to the states.
The reason that Dimitri could not believe what he was reading was because of the total absence of hope he heard in his great grandfather's words. His great grandfather felt like his life had almost certainly ended. Everything in his 32 years of life had been erased. He used almost the exact same words that Dimitri had found himself using yesterday when he had essentially failed his AP English test.
Dimitri closed the journal, and closed his mouth as he swallowed. He looked around the rest of the attic. It was full of beautiful, old furniture from his parents' big, beautiful house. And much of that had come from his granparents' house. And some of that had come from his great grandpa's house. Now there were 75 in their family, including 50 of his nieces and nephews. Many of them ran the construction business that started as a one-man fix-it business with his great grandpa.
Dimitri put his hand on the journal and spoke as if he were speaking back in time to the writer. If only you knew what an amazing business and family came from the rest of your life. I have no need to worry about my failed test.
Sometimes we feel like we've lost enough of ourselves that all hope is lost. It feels like a starfish losing an entire leg. Or perhaps you are the leg that has lost the rest of the starfish. But we forget it can also be like a starfish because the starfish can grow its leg back. And sometimes it is even reported that the leg can grow back the rest of the starfish.