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Upper Bucks County of
addiction, abuse, depression,
eating disorders, pregnancy, stress
and links to agencies and local organizations that can help.
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Teens will attempt suicide
2,795 Teenage girls
will become pregnant
15,006 Teens will use
drugs for the first time
Teens will run away
on national averages)
It's not easy being a teen! Everything is changing; school is
harder, your parents expect more of you, society demands more
of you, your body just isn't you anymore and the ways of the world
aren't as easy to figure out as they once were. The boys who used
to make you cringe now make you worry about the way your hair
looks, the girls you once teased now render you speechless. You
worry about the world and the people who live in it. You think
about your future and if you will live up to your parents expectations.
You start to crave the "freedoms" of adulthood but aren't yet
ready to surrender the "securities" of childhood.
||There are so many questions
and concerns - to smoke or not to smoke, to drink or not to drink,
to have sex or stay a virgin? You wonder and worry about; love, lust,
religion, sexuality, drugs, friends, enemies, PSAT & SAT scores, grade
point averages, scholarships, athletics, the shape of your body, the
style of your hair, the state of your wardrobe, peer pressure, parental
pressure, violence in the media, violence at school , violence in
the home, life after high school, life in general, what to do with
your life... the list goes on. Being a teen seems like a never ending
cycle of uncertainty.
What sometimes gets lost in all the confusion is the plain and
simple fact that the teen years are the best years of your life.
You can be anything you want to be, achieve whatever you set your
mind to, your dreams are still possibilities. No matter what else
people say about being a teen, one thing is true, it is full of
promise. There is no other time in your life when you will be
able to explore and experience the world while still being able
to retreat to the safety of youth. At this point in the game,
anything is possible! The trick is to keep sight of this fact
in the face of the intense changes you will go through.
It is easy to get trapped in the moment, to worry about popularity
and dating and who you are associated with. What isn't easy is
muddling through your teens with the big picture in mind. It doesn't
really matter if you are cool or smart, athletic or mechanical,
a partier or a loner. What matters is how you come through it
all. When the teen years are behind you it isn't as important
that you have no regrets as it is that you learn from the ones
you do have. Being a teen is about making mistakes with a security
net. It is about testing the waters of life before diving in.
It is about overcoming the things that make you cry, defeating
the demons that haunt your psyche, and emerging a happy person
- however you turn out. Most importantly; sometimes, being a teen
is about NOT worrying what your future holds and enjoying the
moment for all it's promise and wonder.
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