The theme I selected to explore was " the struggles of growing up". In The Catcher In The Rye, Holden struggles very much with handling his coming of age. Holden wants to do what adults do but he doesn't want to lose touch with his childhood.He has developed a great sadness and depression because of his fear of being a "phony adult". In the Ted Talk, Isabel Allende explains that growing old is what you make it. You can either make it a good time or a depressing and miserable time. Isabel explains that as she has gotten older she has gained freedom. She no longer has to prove herself to anyone and can be who she wants. I believe that is what many teenagers (including Holden) struggle with. Many teenagers are trying to impress others and fit in so they don't feel left out. Isabel explained that you don't have to answer to anyone on your personal decisions at her age. Holden could benefit very well from listening to Isabel talk. It would ease his anxiety and stress when it comes to growing older and becoming an adult. She also makes it clear that meditation can help with dealing with aging. Holden should look into meditation.