I Just Don’t Give A @&^%

I Just Don’t Give A @&^%

I admit, I experience TONS of pressure. The only reason that I’m not in a body bag or in jail is because I Just Don’t Give A @%^& about what people think about me. I just IGNORE it. If you are struggling with ignoring the pressure, then ask for help from parents, guardians, teachers, and your guidance counselor. Honestly you can ask any adult to help you and most likely they will. JUST DON’T GIVE IN!!!!

Jake, Pennsylvania

I wish

I wish

I wish my parents would have shown me how to live a drug- and alcohol-free life. Instead all they do is watch football and drink beer.

Christian, California

Driving

Driving

My friends like to drive above the speed limit and make fast road maneuvers, because they think it’s cool. They believe it’s better and that it’s okay because they’re good at doing it. Really it’s very unsafe and a bad habit. I show them that driving the speed limit is worth it. All it takes is practice and you get use to it.

G, California

I’m here for me, not YOU

I’m here for me, not YOU

Whenever I go out, I always see problems out there especially following others. If I do go out to party or out with friends, I’m here for me, not THEM. Me always come first before anything else.

Gregor, New York

sea

sea

there’s a black and stormy sea,
that toils outside my window.
her dark waves broil and bubble
i feel her clawing up my legs.
she lives inside me.
i can sometimes feel her long
spindly, spider-like fingers
cold and wet,
seeping into my pores.
in my skin, down my throat.
i feel her gentle icy waves
slowly fill my heart like
a cup full of water.
“it’s okay,” she says “this is normal,” she says.
i don’t think this is normal.
i often find myself
beneath her night sky waves,
struggling to find the breath
that escaped from my blue lips.
at the bottom of her crest is
a pretty canary cage that she locks me in
and it’s not like i’m going to escape.
but i can try.
i just want to go home.
i just want to go home.
i don’t want to be here.
i just want to go home.

jen, Wisconsin

putting the end to bullying

putting the end to bullying

I believe that we can be the generation that puts an end to bullying. Bullying is wrong and it makes people commit suicide and commit crimes like school shootings.
Life could be much more peaceful if we worked together to put an end to bullying anywhere and everywhere. It all starts with just standing up to bullies and showing them that it won’t be tolerated. So let’s all put an end to bullying by standing up and fighting back, together as one.

This a new age, one without bullies. Lets’ be the generation that teaches our society that bullying is wrong. We are all human, we all want to be who we want, and love who we love. Live your life and let others live theirs too.

Lets work together to save lives one victim at a time!):)

Tabitha, Texas

Self-image

Self-image

Would you rather have someone look at you and think, “Wow they remind of everybody else,” or would you rather they think that you are different? Why try and be like everyone else, when you are amazing?

Riley, Virginia

Love yourself

Love yourself

You need to always love yourself no matter what. If you’re not comfortable with yourself and don’t have self respect then the people around you won’t either. At the end of the day when you have no one, or feel alone at some point, remember you will always have yourself forever and always. You are your own best friend.

kyraah, Massachusetts

Who Cares What They Think

Who Cares What They Think

Have you ever felt pressured to do something that you don’t feel comfortable doing? Well just ignore them! It’s easier to walk away than think about it.

Brandon, Illinois

Wanting to help a loved one

Wanting to help a loved one

My boyfriend has recently gotten into the bad habit of doing drugs again. He was clean for about 6 months and he has gotten back into it. He often shows up to school high or drunk and he acts as if he doesn’t care at all. It hurts to see him ruining his life and I hate this feeling of helplessness like I can not do anything about. He just got OSS for being caught drunk at school and his mother now knows of his addictions. However I don’t believe she’s taking this as serious as it really is. She has him going to therapists but he straight up tells them that he doesn’t care and that he’s going to continue doing drugs. I don’t know who he is anymore, he is not the boy I fell in love with but I’m not going to give up on him. He tells me every night that he doesn’t care about himself or anyone except me and that worries me so much. I miss who he used to be and I honestly believe he can overcome this because he’s done it before. He’s been going through some tough times with his family.

Uma, North Carolina

Being Above the Influence

Being Above the Influence

Facing a lot of peer pressure is hard to deal with. I do care what people think of me, but I don’t let it influence my decision. If you feel the pressure and don’t know how to deal with it, ask for help from an adult or someone you know will help you make the right decision.

Shay, Kansas

Rob me blind.

Rob me blind.

I’ve been robbed
I’ve been robbed
But not of money, cars, or clothes
I’ve been robbed
Not by a person, place, or group
But by a simple prescription
That faster than I could realize turned to addiction
I’ve been robbed
Of time, love, and life
Years are gone
Relationships shattered
And trust that’s broken
I’ve been robbed
Of self worth, self esteem and self respect
And everyday I’ll continue to be robbed
Until I choose to rob the addiction of the hold it has on me

Jojo, West Virginia

Perfect is just a setting on a washing machine

Perfect is just a setting on a washing machine

Perfect is just a setting on a washing machine. Nobody can be it, nobody is it, so don’t stress yourself out trying. You are who you are and that is perfect enough for anyone. If someone doesn’t like you, don’t worry about it because you don’t wake up each morning to impress them. You wake up each morning so that you can be you. You look them in the eyes and say ‘I am not perfect and neither are you, but at least I am happy with myself.’

Josephine A., Idaho

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

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