Stay Strong

Stay Strong

Life gets better.
Take it from someone with experience.
I self-harmed since I was 9.
I’m 15 now, and doing a lot better.
Don’t give up because someone thinks you’re not good enough.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.
It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Stay Strong. ❤

Francis, Kentucky

Staying True

Staying True

When you learn to be yourself, not only do you feel at ease with yourself, but you learn to love who you are and who God created you to be. Beautiful. It does not matter what society says about the “perfect body,” the one you have is already perfect. The only person who is perfect is God. Learning to find yourself, is a big step in the right direction.

Karenn, Pennsylvania

Energy

Energy

Drain me of mine
Drain you of yours
Drain others
Unwind your mind
Waste time
Live young
Unleash your beast
Leap to the finish line
Beat the unbeatable
Stop the unstoppable
Take away the pain
Drain the insane
Become a new you
Let the past be the past
Love the lovable
Gain strength
Hold your head up
Dust yourself off
Drain that negative energy

Denisha B, Connecticut

Heroin

Heroin

I’ve been to enough parties and have done enough drugs myself to know the risks of abuse. I saw one of my closest friends overdose on heroin, people/friends I partied with become addicted to meth and watched myself become addicted to prescription medicines. I am clean now, and as much as I would love to go back to my old ways I’m focusing on school and making my future bright. Not saying that you cant go out and party, but just be safe. Like I’ve said, I lost many friends from simple “one time” drugs. I’ve lost some of my closest friends to a needle hidden in their wall with a liquid substance that means more to them than family. I saw friends and family members go to prison for their drug use. Trust me when I say running from the cops isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. This life isn’t the one you want.

Karen, Florida

One tip One truth

One tip One truth

Just be you and everything will turn out alright. Your friends don’t make you, your EXPERIENCES do. You have the power to make those experiences good, not bad. So choose what you want! Who you want to be! That way you don’t get with the wrong crew.

Jackson, Utah

Think of your future!

Think of your future!

Before you try drugs today, ask yourself “what will my future be like if I do this drug… what could happen in the future if I decide to experiment today?” Every time someone pressures me to try drugs I just think about my long-term goals and how doing this drug now will affect my life. I know that some of the people who do drugs may seem cool now, but in a few years life will progress and they may have nothing to show for themselves. They won’t have any control over their life because they’ve handed all control over to their addiction to drugs. You don’t want to be in that situation.

Brealyn, Texas

Do you

Do you

You may want to do things such as drinking or doing drugs just because your friends do, or its seems that most people around you do it, but why do it just because everyone else is? It’s your decision, but think about what could happen and how it would affect you. Personally, I just do me and don’t worry about what others are doing. I stay true to myself and do things I’m comfortable doing. Find things you like doing. For me, I dance. It’s my natural high. I love it, so why do something that is bad for you when your could focus on other things like sports, and you can get a natural high from that. Remember DO YOU! Don’t worry about what other people or your friends are doing. Take control of your life so that you can make the most of it. Do you, don’t let anyone else try to change that.

Marcy, Maryland

Be Yourself Always

Be Yourself Always

Hey guys, I’m 23 so I’m not really a teen, but I wanted to encourage you to be yourself always. High school doesn’t last forever, the friends you have now may not be your friends in the future and thats ok. Stay off drugs, they destroy peoples lives. Stay sober so you can always be your true self. It doesn’t matter if you are LGBT or plus size, the world is starting to see those things as positive. Don’t get depressed, don’t talk bad about yourself. You are going to make it. If you are dealing with a bully keep this in your mind – them talking bad about you reflects more on THEM than it does you. They feel bad about themselves, I promise that is true. Stay strong! Much love!

Seth, Arkansas

Help is all around you

Help is all around you

I used to believe that no one cared what really happened to me. I knew my parents cared, but they would love me no matter what. I used to think the only way I could gain love from friends was by doing what they did. That turned into just trying marijuana once or twice to becoming an everyday user. I lost myself in doing something that really wasn’t me. I didn’t realize how much damage I was doing to the people who really actually cared about me, like some of my true old friends and my family of course. Especially my little brother. I noticed we grew far apart and I hated it. It took almost getting kicked out of my house to realize something needed to change, for the ones who cared for me, and for myself as well. Drugs won’t make people love you. It will only push away the ones who truly care.

Ben, California

be yourself

be yourself

When your friends pressure you to do something that doesn’t mean you have to do it. Be you, don’t be a follower. Be yourself. Just because your friends do it, you don’t have to do it too.

Tyra, Illinois

Be proud of yourself

Be proud of yourself

Embrace your strengths, and always be positive about yourself. Don’t let negative comments dig into you and impact yourself. They’re just like specks of dust that shouldn’t be where they are. Everyone’s different, and there’s nothing wrong with it. Being different shows that you know what’s best for you, and you make your own decisions, and are proud of making them. At the end of the day, true friends don’t make fun of true friends, so embrace those positive aspects, and know that there will always be someone out there who enjoys your personality. :)

Benjamin, Maryland

Rose

Rose

Every rose has its thorns just as every person has their flaws, and both are perfect just the way they are. You don’t need to wear a certain type of clothing or have a certain phone or smoke or do drugs or drink to be accepted by everyone else. All we need is to know that we are all perfect just the way we are, and if your friends can’t accept you for who you are, then they are not your friends.

James, Oklahoma

Resort

Resort

Don’t think that alcohol will solve all of your problems. It doesn’t. It hurts you and everyone who cares, and people do care. You’re loved, and if you don’t feel like it or you’ve never had anyone tell you that, well, I love you. Find happiness through music, writing, anything but alcohol, because that makes you feel worse. Stay strong.

Sara, South Carolina

Don’t Give In

Don’t Give In

Don’t give in. If your friends are doing it, you don’t have to. If you don’t think it’s right, say no. Keep true to you!!

Karah, Maryland

Drugs

Drugs

I have seen too many people die from overdosing or from drugs, and that will never happen to me, because I will never abuse drugs.

Autumn, Florida

Being yourself

Being yourself

In a relationship sometimes girls will try to change for the guy she likes (same for guys). But don’t try to change yourself for a guy or girl. If they don’t notice you before the change, then forget them. Only know people who will love you for you.

Cyerra, Florida

Be Yourself

Be Yourself

Be yourself. Do not fall in the traps of bullies who claim to be your friends but just make your life more miserable. Say no to what you aren’t. Give yourself a dream, be yourself and most importantly, make your OWN choices, instead of letting someone else do it for you.

Anthony, Florida

You are not that person

You are not that person

We all know the feeling of disappointment. The degrading thought of, “I am not worth it. All the things I have done wrong. Why am I so terrible?” But you are not that person. We have expectations for ourselves, and sometimes they are not helping us, and they could just be destroying us. All the peer pressure, expectations from others, and overall negativity or envy of someone or something has a huge impact on your self-image. But only you can change that. Love yourself because there is no one else like you. You are unique. And most importantly, you are you.

Sophie, Florida

Pure

Pure

Being above the influence is about being 100% pure you. You are the life of the party, not you + your drink. You are the reason for someone’s laugh, not you + your drugs. You are everything you need to be, no substance necessary.

Lauren, Indiana

Just be yourself

Just be yourself

Getting made fun of for how you like to dress? Whether you are in school or an adult in the work force; it will happen. What truly matters is how you handle it. If you are like me and like to wear black with crazy colored hair, then why not do it? People will stare. They will mock you, and make you feel horrible, but do their opinions really matter? No, they do not. If you like black and dress in rainbows because of fear; are you truly happy? No. So why let this fear of mockery stop you from being yourself. You are a unique individual. You are beautiful the way you are. If someone doesn’t like the way you are; that’s their problem. But should we seek revenge? Yes, but not with harsh words and violence. Living our lives to the fullest and making ourselves truly happy is the best revenge you can get. In short: be what you want to be and do not let others decide who you are as a person. Happiness kills.

James, Virginia

Be Who You Are

Be Who You Are

The only acceptance you need to be yourself is your own, not anyone else’s. Don’t feel pressured to be like someone else. As long as you know who you are and you feel comfortable being yourself, that is all that matters. You stand out just by being yourself. You don’t need permission to be you. Don’t forget that it’s OK to be yourself.

Kale'a, Florida

Enjoy Sober

Enjoy Sober

I got my 90 day tag after multiple failed attempts. I never got all the way to 90 days… till now. I feel empowered and scared at the same time. I’ve listened to Macklemore’s “otherside” and “starting over” about a billion times. I can’t believe I made it. In a month it will be a year since I last shot, it’s insane realizing how fast everything unraveled. I feel scared reading the statistic that 93% will have 7-13 relapses before it’s permanent. I will not be part of that statistic. I’ve seen drugs take too many lives to think that it won’t be me “just this time.” I’ve been away from home for almost a year and when I go back I will stay clean. The color in my skin is back, the scabs are gone, and the tracks are faded. I am no longer the “designated drinker” or the “ice queen.” It scares me to think that I will never have that feeling again, but I can do it. Whether it’s “Just for Today,” or I have to go to a meeting everyday. I will do it, Above the Influence.

CeCe, Texas

Addiction

Addiction

Addiction is tempting. To get away from it takes will power. Everyone has at least one addiction, from food to drugs. All addictions are a struggle no matter how common they are. The key to an addiction recovery is love from family and friends. Take the high road live above the peer pressure!

Mandy, Florida

Be original!

Be original!

You should always believe in yourself and nobody else. If someone wants you to do something and you don’t want to do it, don’t do it! And if you’re thinking about following in somebody’s footsteps just because they are “cool,” don’t. Be yourself, Be original.

Cael, Florida

Respect

Respect

People bring you down. It’s a fact of life. They tell you that you are ugly or stupid and use a derogatory term to hurt you. You have to learn to move past these things and not care what they think. You aren’t a part of this world to please them. Some people find pleasure in treating people horribly which personally I will never understand. All they are doing is putting a label on their forehead that says “I’m mean.” They lack the self respect to treat others properly so their criticism shouldn’t factor in to how you feel about yourself.

Leah, Florida

Loving Yourself and Pressure

Loving Yourself and Pressure

People tend to want to pressure you into things. They tell you it’s okay, or that whatever they want you to do is safe. They will promise you that they won’t tell anybody or spread it around, but they are lying. They lack the respect for themselves and others and feel that it is okay to pressure somebody to do something that they don’t want to do. Please don’t let them pressure you. You may be feeling terrible at the moment, but it will get better. You have to learn to love yourself and believe in your own judgment because when it comes to your safety, there’s no such thing as being a “baby.”

Leah, Florida

YOUR JOB IS TO BE YOURSELF

YOUR JOB IS TO BE YOURSELF

“Just be yourself because everyone else is taken.” -Unknown. I live by this quote and you should too. If you dislike coffee then you don’t have to order the Java chip frapp like your friend always does just to look, “cool.” So you post a picture of your frappuchino and tag it with #Starbuckslove. Did you really order it just for the appearance of you buying it? You really want to throw it away inside but you instead force it down your throat to look… “cool.” You don’t have to do things everybody expects you to do. It’s so sad how in today’s society people try so hard to fit in. You don’t have to do these things just to fit in, you WILL ATTRACT THE WRONG FRIENDS. You won’t be happy with yourself. So please, be yourself and don’t order Starbucks next time if you don’t like it. Go to the fro-yo place down the block; I’m sure they have delicious flavors.

Olivia, Florida

Stuck in Society?

Stuck in Society?

I think many people feel different compared to other people in their community. I just don’t think people understand that being different isn’t bad at all.

We work so hard to be a part of something so that we feel loved, but we shouldn’t have to change ourselves to be loved or feel pressured. If a person is making you feel negative about yourself, let them know, or just stay away from them.

Whether they like it or not, you should be able to express yourself to the world without anyone pushing you down.

Marilyn, New York

The Mind

The Mind

We are all given a mind to create. The mind works on repetition. Lets repeat the things that make us feel good.

If we do not look closely into the thoughts we let into the mind it may begin to create someone inside of you that you do not like. But why would you allow the mind to not love you when You are creating this mind?

Rise above thought, not below.

Angela, Massachusetts

be yourself

be yourself

I know it’s hard to be yourself in our society today. But believe in yourself and just know that the people who are talking about you, you can be better than them. Don’t stoop down to their level. Be the bigger person. You can do it, I know you can :)

jinxx, Maryland

Not getting high

Not getting high

After prom all of my friends decided to smoke weed. It was being passed around and when it got to me I was afraid to say I didn’t want to. My best friend gave me the stare… saying just do it. I passed it off when the bowl came to me, no one really cared. One guy asked me why, and I just said, “I’m not into that stuff.” No big deal. I was glad I didn’t do it. That’s just not me.

Stefani, Illinois

help yourself

help yourself

Even when times are hard and you’re under a lot of stress, keep going. Not being cheesy and typical… things honestly DO get better. Be yourself and love who you are.

Paige, Tennessee

Follow your own path

Follow your own path

A teacher of mine once said “Don’t blend in. When you blend you disappear.” Don’t follow others just to be a part of a group. Have goals and dreams and chase them. Even if they seem impossible chase them anyway. You only have one life in this body; don’t waste it getting drunk and high.

Melissa, New Jersey

You can do it

You can do it

The world can come with struggles and pain. But drugs don’t make things better. Do not be ashamed to get help. It’s what you need in order to better yourself. I personally have faith in anyone who is fighting an addiction; they need as much support as they can get.

Paige, New York

Stress

Stress

I am 14. Most of my friend’s are either depressed or stressed. They call them selves ugly, unwanted, unloved, and not cared for.

Me. No, I know who I am. I know my strengths and disabilities. I know that, no matter what, I will always be me. Even when I am to be judged by another. I am me. I am who I want to be. I choose who I am, not others. I define who I am. Not that bully who says you’re weak or not wanted. I am wanted.

To those who feel unloved: You’re loved. You’re wanted. You always will be.

Kevin, Oregon

strength

strength

You are you, and that is all that maters. You might have friends that could use your help, so be strong for them and your family. They need you more then ever. Be proud of who you are. Know that you are loved, and that’s all that maters.

sarah, Oregon

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