I've written about Cole bfore, so if this is new to you, scroll down and read the previous article.
Recently, after Cole was mauled by a spirit bear and nearly died:
Cole stared down at his chest. The bear's claws had raked him open. His shredded shirt exposed gashes with long strips of flesh missing.
Cole seem far from okay. In fact, he's almost dead. But he says he's fine, later in page 102:
"He's been attacked by a bear." Cole nodded. Fear flashed in Garvey's eyes. "I'm okay," Cole succeeded in grunting weakly. A thin smile failed ti hide Garvey's concern. :Half your bones are busted, your body is swollen like one big mosquito bite, and you're nearly starved to death. Believe me Champ, you're not okay.: Cole forced a nod. "I am okay," he grunted again.
Why? Is Cole okay? He says yes but his injuries say no.
I think why he said he was okay was because he saw beauty in his life earlier. He saw how beautiful the world really was.
And that's why I think he says he is okay.