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FC: ISSUES IN THE TEENAGE WORLD | By: AnQi Long

1: Life | 1. The Future 2. Suicide & Depression 3. Relationship 2. Fitting In 3. Addiction | Being a teenager is not easy. Trying to survive as one is even harder.

2: Even so, what can I possibly do? What can I do to change this tiny box-garden reality? I haven't even lived half of my life; Rebelling against, and embracing others-- There experiences are being tattooed unto my subconscious. When I was standing on the edge of a cliff, "Adversity" grabbed my arm, And for the first time, I could see where I was. Towards a wider field; towards somewhere deeper, larger . . . I'm just heading towards a world which I can\t even imagine. Tell me, what is the definition of 'strength'? Does it mean to hurt yourself, Or perhaps to throw yourself away to protect someone precious? The gazelles in the savanna raise clouds of dust; They have no choice but to remain standing in the wind, till the day they die. Humans keep walking onward, In order to keep on living. They proceed, while still decoding an incomplete piece of data. It looks like I've already walked out of the desert of my beginnings, alone. I want to remain as myself till the day I turn to ash. Where did I come from, long ago? Where will I go, in the far future? Being thrown around without knowing; time will come to an end before I realize it. It looks like I've already walked out of the desert of my beginnings, alone. I want to remain as myself till the day I turn to ash. When I was standing on the edge of a cliff, "Adversity grabbed my arm, And for the first time, I could see where I was. Towards a wider field; towards somewhere deeper, larger . . I'm just heading towards a world which I can't even imagine. I want to know about myself . . | Hemisphere Sakamoto Maaya

3: The Future

4: Q: How to make informed decisions about your future? A: We make decisions everyday and some impact us more than others. For teenagers, careers and post secondary education are choices we must think through carefully. The first step is to get familiar with the matter. What is it about? What do you want to do with it? What do you want out of it? Ask yourself those questions so you can have a guideline. It works with relationships too. You can ask yourself if you are ready for one or not. Next is research. Learn all you can about the subject. Sometimes, just doing your homework is not enough, volunteering and internships an help you find your interest. Try as much new things as possible, you never know what you might find interesting. Q: Where can information on paths for the future be found? A: There are a lot of places that provide informations like that. The school's career counselor is a good starting point. The internet is also a decent source of information, just watch what kind of site you are looking at. You can also do it the old fashioned way by talking to others and learn from their experiences. Most universities or secondary education institutes provide opportunities to explore the fields you like. Some even let you sit in classes to lesson. All those resources are available for you if you choose to use them. To get started you can check out the website MyFuture.com.

5: The Future | The song Hemisphere reflects the uncertainty of the future for a young person. He or she had grown up and without her realizing, it was time for her to be on her own. He or she was leaving her comfort zone and unsure of where to go. There was a lot of things she does not know and a lot to learn. In the end, he or she decides to go on a journey to discover him/herself. The song is a good reflection of how I feel. Time had passed by me fast and too soon, I find myself all grown up. But what is growing up? I am still me. Still the same no matter how old I am. There was not much of a transition. And now I am expected to things that I had never done before. Where should I go from now on? Like the individual in the song, I wish to find myself and my path.

6: Stardust from above falls to the depths of hell As the curtain raises on a dark Grand Guignol Thanatos and Eros take each other's hand and dance A carnival of desires Everyone sees forbidden dreams alone in their hearts Now in the playground of a deserted golden tower A sweet recollection is found in the eye socket of a skull The more I pick up the rusty dagger and raise it over my chest The more my red blood boils with the agony of living A brilliant Paradise, a dictator's garden Time of a thousand and one nights in the city of demons You, who can sleep in this grotesque city, are a queen A virgin sacrifice With transparent wings, your pure soul meet the dawn A sin of death dressed upon a melodious stage To act is wrong, there is no lively applause from the holy judge The rose-colored warmth of your still form Is an offering to the void, the scent of dying flowers A phantom full moon; a cruel sun The never-ending lunar eclipse of the Grand Guignol A fallen angel and a demon hold hands and dance A awakening masquerade Everyone shivers in loneliness and remembers fear A brilliant Paradise, a dictator's garden Time of a thousand and one nights in the city of demons You, who can sleep in this grotesque cit, are a queen Pure smile, wash away my sin Stardust from above falls to the depths of hell As the curtain falls on a gloomy Grand Guignol Thanatos and Eros embrace and dance until the end An intoxicating Nirvana People cry for the words of God to bring light to the world | Lunar Eclipse Grand Guignol ALI Project

7: The moment I heard this song, I felt a deep connection to it. For a long period of time that was how I felt. Boxed in this reality, I wanted to escape. This world was harsh and living was painful. It's just a masquerade that was called life. Everyone was an actor, dancing to the whims of fate. | Suicide & Depression | At first glance, the song is is not really about depression or suicide. But if you look deeper, you can see all the allusions towards suicide. The artist of the song wanted to express the suffocation of this world and the need to break free. The line that talk about a sleeping queen express that people are not really seeing how the world is. The world was also called a city of demons in the song showing how artist feels about the society. The last two lines of stanza 2 and four hint that the person that the song refers to has committed suicide. He or she finds that living is an act and wish to escape from that act.

8: Q: Why do people turn to suicide? A: Most people who committed suicide were trying to escape from feelings of rejection, hurt, or loss. Others were trying to escape from debt or other problems. In Canada, suicide is the second leading cause of death among people between the age of 10 and 24. In that age period, stress is the highest and lost of changes are happening. School is where the most problems come from. Bullying, not fitting in, grades, relationships are all part of the problem. Puberty is causing us to have emotional unbalances. Combined with all the other problems can cause them to commit suicide. About 22% of depressed children will try suicide. Most teens see suicide as a way of escape. | Kid's Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 Distress Center: 266-1605 Teen Line: 264-8336

9: Suicide & Depression | Q: Where to get help? A: There are lots of places you can find help from. The closest source is your families and friends. Talk to them. They would understand, even if they don't, you can at least get the words off your chest. Teachers and mentors are other people you can turn too. Most of them are nice and trustworthy. If those doesn't work, you can seek professional help. You can go on the internet and search up lots of organizations that can support you. Kids Help Phone and Befrienders are good examples of that.

10: Marionette Hatsune Miku | To my exposed self in the rain of disappointment You came close to me, saying that you love me And hugged me tightly Like a miracle, the world shined light I replied to hope and sacrificed everything Your laughing, singing, and dancing marionette You said you wanted it; where is that self now? Pull, pull--by pulling ht e loose threads I kissed your illusion Hug me, hug me--hug me until I break If I break, you can throw me away Wavering with lies, you have no words to say Your temperature is no longer here To me who didn't have a reason for living You showed me joy, happiness, and hope Dark clouds that covered me are gone The cloudy lens reflected the shiver of light Love; the love-deprived marionette you wanted You said you wanted it; where is that self now? I can feel the heat through the long strings i want to be one with you Pull me, pull me--pull me until I break I want to feel your presence I can't see your lie-soaked face I can't remember your smile

11: Relationship | Sadness is slowly building up Love and hate for you is overflowing Your laughing, singing, and dancing marionette You said you wanted it; where is that self now? Pull, pull--by pulling the loose threads I hung onto your illusion Huge me, hug me--hug me until I break If I break, you can throw me away Wavering with lies, you have no words to say Your presence is no longer here | Q: What are some effects of bad relationships? A: Bad relationship is like a domino effect that can affect all aspects of you life. Self-esteem can go down, motivation goes down, depressions sets in and etc. The stress will also go up, causing normal functions to be hindered. They also withdraw themselves and push away their friends. A victim of abuse often loss their trust in people. Nearly 80% of teenager girls that are abused in their relationship continuous to date the abusive boyfriend. | On average, more than 3 women are murdered by their partner everyday. And violence is common place in bad relationships. Three in four women reported that they were raped by their partners at some point.

12: Marionette was sung from the point of view of a girl who's love had left her. She fell in love with a person who only want to use her and gave up everything. She compared herself to a marionette that was controlled by her love. If she was no more use to him then she was abandoned. She knew he was lying but she wanted love badly enough to stay with him. | I knew how it felt like to want love. How much it hurt if someone close to you betrayed you. You can't help but to hate them and love them at the same time. Everyone was lying, using you for their own means. It was use or be used. | Kid's Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 Distress Center: 266-1605 Teen Line: 264-8336

13: Relationship | Q: If suck in a bad relationship where to get help? A: There are all sort of organizations out there that offers support and help to people with relationship problems. Teachers, friends, and families are always people you can turn to. Organizations like Kids Help Phone, or Dr. Micheal are good places to start. In downtown where is also CUPS or you can go see your counselor. There are lots of ways to get help.

14: Fitting In

15: You don't know my name You don't know anything about me I try to play nice I want to be in your game The things that you say You may think I never hear about them Byt word travels fast I'm telling you to your face I'm standing here behind your back Chorus: You don't know how it feels To be outside the crowd You don't know what it's like To be left out And you don't known how it feels To be your own best friend on the outside If you could read my mind You might see more of me than meets the eye And you've been all wrong Not who you think I m You've never given me a chance [Chorus] Well, I'm tired of staying at home I'm bored and all alone I'm sick of wasting all my tim [Chorus ( x2)] | Outside Looking In Jordan Pruitt | This song is about fitting in at school. The majority is usually what defines normal and when you are not then you don't fit in. People who do not fit in are outcasts and often depressed. Others only judged them by how they looked--whether they were trendy or not--not by how they are on the inside.

16: I never really believed that where should be people needing to fit in. We are all individuals, why should be try to be the same?I guess, I was not exactly normal, but that was fine with me. Being alone was fine too. Being in the crowd is overrated and people often loose themselves trying. | Fitting In | Q: Why do we try to fit in? A: The 'in group' exist for a reason. Humans naturally distant themselves from things that are different. We gravitate towards groups. Statics showed that 39% of students said that physical appearance is the most common reason for people to be made fun of, followed by disability at 34%, and skin color at 30%. No one want to be bullied or left out so we try our best to be one of the crowd. Teen who do not fit in are less likely to get post secondary education. Why suffer through hell when you don't need to? We want to fit in so we can live out lives in peace.

17: Q: How is trying to fit in bad for us? A: We are humans because we are unique. If you try too hard to be like everybody else, then you lose your identity. We spend life trying to learn who we are so why abandon your identity? Also many people end up doing lots of bad things in their attempt to fit in. Some may become addicts because they tried to fit in by doing drugs or smoking with the 'in' people. We are all different and we should stay that way.

18: I hurt myself today To see if I still feel I focus on the pain The only thing that's real The needle tears a hole The old familiar sting Try to kill it all away But I remember everything What have I become? My sweetest friend Everyone I know Goes away in the end And you could have all My empire of dirt I will let you down I will make you hurt | Hurt Johnny Cash | I wear this crown f thorns Upon my liar's chair Full of broken thoughts I cannot repair Beneath the stains of time The feelings disappear You are someone else I am still right here What have I become? My sweetest friend Everyone I know Goes away in the end And you could have it all My empire of Dirt I will let you down I will make you hurt If I could start again A million miles away I would keep myself I would find a way

19: Addiction | Most teenagers believe that they are invincible and thus become reckless. They are at an age where they are trying out new things and trying to fit in. Unfortunately, some would experiment with drugs and alcohol, for those are somehow 'in'. Many drug dealers prey on that mindset of teenagers.

20: Q:What are the emotional and physical effects of addiction? A: Most addicts turned to drugs to get rid of some sort of pain in their lives. But those short term reliefs have long term consequences. Drugs 'hijack' the brain's normal pathways and interfere with brain signals. It effects your judgment and make you dependent on the drug. You will get depressed without the drug and will do anything to get it. That means you will spend your fortune on the drug, even turning to crime when you run out of money. That can cut your off from your family and friends, making life even harder. Drugs and alcohol are also bad for the body. It lowers your body's natural functions and you can hurt yourself with the hallucinations. Alcohol attacks the liver and smoking can give you cancer. Even chocolate can give you diabetes. | Q: Where to get help? A: First of all prevention is the best. Go to presentations and see for yourself what kind of effects addiction may have on you. Some will never admit that they are addicted or refuse to seek help. You have taken the first step if you are ready to actively seek help. Support from your friends and families is crucial to recovery. It's not easy to try to overcome an addiction by yourself. Then seek professional help like your family doctor, organizations like Kids Help Phone, or clinics. Last resort--the police.

21: The song talked about the life of the singer. He got addicted to drugs to escape from pain but it only brought more pain. His life was falling apart and he was left behind. Everyone was going away and he was alone. In the end, he said that if he can start over, he would never get addicted. I can connect with him by the fact that he wanted something to dull that pain. I, too, did exactly that only with books not drugs. I drown myself in fantasy so I do not have to face reality. I have learned that the habit can be harmful as well. Fantasy cannot become reality and dreams we do not wake up from will eventually turn to sadness. | Addiction | Kid's Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 Distress Center: 266-1605 Teen Line: 264-8336 Youth Drug Line: 269-3784

22: Bibliography | "Suicide Prevention :Emerging from Darkness - Impact of Suicide." WHO SEAR, Regional Health Situation, and World AIDS Day, Health Report . N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2011. "Suicide Facts and Fiction."Mindframe - A Resource on the portrayal of suicide and mental Illness.. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2011. . "Fitting In At School." Teen Talk. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 May 2011.

23: " Causal Relationship Between Stressful Life Events and the Onset of Major Depression -- Kendler et al. 156 (6): 837 -- Am J Psychiatry." The American Journal of Psychiatry. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2011. "deviantART: where ART meets application!." deviantART: where ART meets application!. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2011. . McKay, Dawn Rosenberg. "Goal Setting." Career Planning - Career Planning Guide. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2011. eighteen, age, and almost 12 percent of all young people are illicit drug users;. "Addiction Statistics." Coaching International. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2011. "Online Drug and Alcohol Research - Progressive and Visionary." Addiction Research. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2011. .

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