JULY 2002

    July 31, 2002
    "It is not about conquering the mountain; it is about conquering ourselves."
    Sir Edmund Hillary - the man who climbed Mount Everest
    --- Submitted by Lisa M., Age 16 --- Massachusetts

    July 31, 2002
    "Life is like an elevator -- it has its ups and downs ending up in the right place sooner or later."
    Written in 2002 by Megan K., Age 15 --- Mississippi
    Nothing is perfect. We are always confronted with a problem, but like the elevator, once fixed or overcome, we end up in the right place, you just have to know how to handle the situation.
    July 31, 2002
    "Do not hold strong opinions about things you don't understand."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by J.C., Age 17 --- California
    July 31, 2002
    "Never say things you don't mean and you can't defend."
    Copyright © 2002 Colleen Pavona
    July 31, 2002
    "We'll all grow up someday!
    We might as well know what we want!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Sara S., Age 14 --- Illinois
    July 29, 2002
    "Don't worry about what people think, because your TRUE friends like you for everything that you are or may be..."
    Copyright © 2002 Sarah Matter
    I thought of this when I was talking to friend about all the friends that we have had that turned out not to be such good friends. I think it gets the point across that we should be ourselves, no matter what!
    July 29, 2002

    Life Is Hard
    It Makes You Cry
    Friends Lie
    People Die
    But The Tears Dry

    When You Feel Like You Can't Go On
    Look Towards God
    So You Can Move On
    Look To The Future
    Not To The Past
    You Know You Can Make It
    You Know You Can Last
    Written in 2002 by Nikki H., Age 15 --- West Virginia
    July 29, 2002
    "Life may give you and I unexpected twist and turns, but do not forget those times; for in those times it is where we gain our strength."
    Copyright © 2002 Gary Williams
    July 29, 2002
    "If good things are meant to come together, they come together."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Charles S., Age 15 --- North Carolina
    July 29, 2002
    "Every one of us is born unique. When you begin to hate yourself, you try to change. You try to get rid of what you hate. That's why we're all ending up the same. Don't go through life hating who you are because if you do, you'll only end up being someone else, wishing you could go back to the way you were. Be proud that you are someone unique; someone different, and everyone who you meet will be touched by your ability to stand tall, when everyone else is trying to be the same exact thing."
    Copyright © 2002 Nicole Becker
    July 26, 2002
    "Don't take life's little gifts for granted because there's always someone else out there that deserves them more than you do."
    Copyright © 2002 Cathy Thai
    July 26, 2002
    "There's a difference between knowing the path...and walking the path."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Gerardo E., Age 16 --- United Kingdom
    July 26, 2002
    I wish that the stars wouldn't be unreachable
    I wish that dreams were reality
    I wish we could live on the pale-faced moon
    I wish that we were free
    Instead of being bound by our fears
    And beliefs
    And "reality"

    I wish we could do what we wanted
    Let us take control of our lives
    Let us open our hearts
    And our eyes to what's truly out there...

    The whole world is waiting
    So grab the opportunity that's being held in front of you...
    And fly
    Copyright © 2002 Jenn Michelau
    I hope this inspires people to try to help make this world, as we know it, better. We all have the capacity to do it.
    July 26, 2002
    "A man is not a man without himself. A person must learn to trust himself before he can trust others; then he will be free."
    Copyright © 2002 James Kisero
    July 26, 2002
    "Friends are not like jumper cables.
    You cannot put them in the trunk and save them for emergencies!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Haley Z., Age 16 --- Texas
    This quote helped me realize who my true friends are and aren't; maybe it will help you too!
    July 24, 2002
    "The average are just the unique in hiding."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Lauren O., Age 15 --- Glasgow, United Kingdom
    No one is just average; everyone is special. When you realize your strengths, be confident and never be put down by someone who is filled with jealousy.
    July 24, 2002

    These last few months have changed my life so much
    So much has been happening; it's such a rush
    I've learned that everything will eventually turn out okay
    If you just sit and hope and pray

    I've learned that it will happen if it's meant to be
    And no one has the key; not even me
    I've learned that feelings are hard to hide
    Especially when you know these feelings are true inside

    But, I think the most important thing I learned
    Is that if you're truly in love, that love will be returned
    Copyright © 2002 Monique Theriault
    July 24, 2002
    "I know when we started going down the wrong direction, but I didn't know at the time it was wrong. Sometimes you just have to chance it and hope for the best. And sometimes, the best is just learning that you were wrong."
    Copyright © 2002 Britany Patterson
    July 24, 2002
    "Don't base your dreams on wishes. Wishes are something that can't be done and dreams are something that can be done."
    Copyright © 2002 Bre Coffey
    If you really think about it this quote is definitely right. Don't get them two mixed up.
    July 24, 2002
    "Poetry is the essence of a heart
    The one thing that holds on
    When your life is falling apart
    Written in 2002 by Destiny M., Age 15 --- Minnesota
    This year I had to define Poetry for an English project. It turned out to be something that really affected my outlook on different things. I challenge all of you to try to define Poetry. You might just find out it makes up a lot more of you then you thought.
    July 24, 2002
    "The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Becca G., Age 17 --- Georgia
    July 22, 2002
    "There is no "I" in team.... but there is a "me"."
    Written in 2002 by Nicole B., Age 14 --- Maryland
    Everybody tells you there is no "I" in team... but when you're on a team you have to remember that your contributions make a big difference to that team. Without you, they might not be half as good as they would be with you. This goes for any kind of team too, not just sports teams! :)
    July 22, 2002
    "Thinking you're everything is not everything!"
    Written in 2002 by Sarah T., Age 13 --- Georgia
    When I faced reality and I wasn't a cheerleader any more, it made me think about how I thought I was everything…and thinking that gets you nowhere in life!
    July 22, 2002
    ~Perfect Wish~

    I wish I could be perfect,
    What would make things great.
    My friends would love me
    People would accept me,
    Everyone would want to be like me.
    But what if I really was perfect?
    Then there'd be no room for change.
    So maybe my "perfect" wish coming true,
    Wouldn't be that great after all?
    Written in 2002 by Rose P., Age 18 --- New Jersey
    July 22, 2002
    "Don't give up on your dreams when other tell you that there impossible! Don't let others look down on you because they think that there better! Before looking around you to see what others may think, look in your heart and follow your dreams! You should never give up on what you think is right! You should never let others make you think that you are less than what you really are!"
    Written in 2002 by Jenny L., Age 13 --- Ontario, Canada
    July 22, 2002
    "I'm 150cm tall (59.06 inches). People literally look down on me. But the way I see it, they're the unlucky ones who have to stoop to be at my level."
    Copyright © 2002 Bao Nguyen
    July 22, 2002
    "Love is like a hole in a sock; either mend it or discard it. Don't just stand there with cold feet!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by A.S., Age 13 --- NSW, Australia
    As the saying goes, it is better to have loved than to never loved at all.
    July 19, 2002
    "So you have sorrow now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you."
    John 16:22 --- Submitted by Alicia L., Age 19 --- Pennsylvania
    This verse has helped me through a lot of tough times. The teenage years can be the tough, and there are those times when you feel so alone. You must know that you are not alone though, and that God is always with you. Just reach out your hand of faith, and he will guide you through anything. It really helps to look up when faced with trying times :) I hope it helps you too.
    July 19, 2002
    "If you live in fear you start to do things backwards; you catch your balance before you've ever taken the fall, you heal before you were ever hurt, you save yourself before you were ever in danger, and you die before you ever got to live."
    Written in 2002 by Caitlin T., Age 14 --- Ohio
    July 19, 2002
    "Fear is just a four-letter word."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Erin H., Age 17 --- Nevada
    July 19, 2002
    "Don't hate someone because they have everything you've ever wanted,
    Love them because they got the chance."
    Written in 2002 by Julia B., Age 13 --- Ohio
    July 19, 2002
    "Well, growing up bites. Not all kisses are magic, and most boys don't live up to your expectations. But there are times when even love, romance, relationships are great and it all fits together perfectly and it's incredible. It's those moments, no matter how depressingly few and far between, that make growing up worth it."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Shela S., Age 13 --- Pennsylvania
    July 19, 2002
    "Go out, meet new people, make new friends, experience new things. But don't forget you're old friends back home for they are the ones that will always be there for you in the end."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Rebecca M., Age 19 --- Pennsylvania
    Never forget me D.T.B. I love you hun.
    July 17, 2002
    "In your life, you have a Beginning and an End.
    It's what's in the middle that matters!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Keisha R., Age 16 --- England, United Kingdom
    July 17, 2002
    "If you believe it,
    And you can conceive it,
    Then you will achieve it!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Candice G., Age 14 --- Ontario, Canada
    This quote has really helped me in allot of ways. I remember my grade six teacher telling me this and we put this concept into a contest we entered and we won! It really works!
    July 17, 2002
    "Once in a while, just stop and look around you. Think of all the things you have to be grateful for. Think of others who are less fortunate than you. Think of ten things that you are grateful for in your life. It will make you appreciate each day, and you will start living each day to its fullest."
    Written in 2002 by Clare D., Age 14 --- Maryland
    July 17, 2002
    "Today can only be as good as you make it. Life's road can only be as smooth as you like. So smile and make today's sun shine as bright as you want!"
    Copyright © 2002 Lisa-Marie Pecaut
    I truly believe in this quote and I say it to myself all the time. If you want a good day only you and possibly someone else's smile can only do that!
    July 17, 2002
    "Step lightly with the feet that carry so much."
    Copyright © 2002 Jane Sullivan
    This helps me remember to love and appreciate myself... Sometimes the body and mind need a rest.
    July 15, 2002
    "The higher the rope, the more thrilling it is to climb."
    Copyright © 2002 Michelle Gibson
    July 15, 2002
    "Your attitude towards life will determine life's attitude towards you."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Simone A., Age 15 --- Gauteng, South Africa
    July 15, 2002
    "As life, I am a fire; I dare you to put me out!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by A.P., Age 12 --- Minnesota
    When I was starting to fall apart, I realized they were putting me out, and regained my power and became bigger and better then before.
    July 15, 2002
    "If you are one who hangs around people who only like to think of themselves and when all of you are in trouble you are the only one that seems to ever get caught, then get out of that friendship because those people try and control your mind. Don't let someone else choose your life and don't them choose who your friends are. This is not the way you want to live your life. Live your life to the fullest and make sure you are the one who decides what you do and who your friends are. And if no one wants to be your friend when you're not with them, then they're not worth hanging out with."
    Written by D.S., Age 16 --- California
    I was in one of these cases once where people controlled my mind and what I did but then I got out of it and started to lead my own life. Now I am happy and have a lot of friends. I thought nobody would want to be friends if I wasn't with them, but I was wrong. Everyone was proud that I got away and now I have a lot of friends!! Even the boys are being nice to me!!! SO once again I am going to say," Lead your own life and pick your own path for the future. Don't get pulled down like I did!!"
    July 15, 2002
    "You don't always go to someone you love hoping that they will not break you're heart, sometimes it's already broken and you just need them to try and help piece it back together."
    Copyright © 2002 Samantha Schaffer
    I have a friend who is always coming to me with her relationship issues. I don't tell her what to do; I just listen and give her simple words of wisdom that she may use. Sometimes, an hour later, I don't even remember what I said. It's been one month since her break up and she called me today. She said, "Do you remember when you told me that I had already gone to Shea, not hoping that he wouldn't break my heart, but hoping he would piece it back together? Cuz I was just thinking about that and you were right." Well, I don't know about anyone else, but I thought that that was one of the smartest things that I had ever said to her. I thought about it some more, then I submitted my quote.
    July 12, 2002
    "Be kind to your siblings: They are the ones that are likely to stick with you in the future and able to remember your past."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Nikki T., Age 17 --- Ohio
    July 12, 2002
    "The most important thing a father can do for his children is love their mother."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Katie C., Age 14 --- California
    My mom and dad divorced when I was 5. My mom and step-dad fight all the time. My dad (on his 5th wife) and step-mom fight all the time. I've never had a quiet night at home. So let's keep our generation perfect. Fathers and fathers to be, respect your wife, and you and your children's relationship will be even tighter than ever. Maybe if we do this, there will be fewer divorces everywhere. - A teen trying to make a difference.
    July 12, 2002
    "Life's too short to be afraid; go out there and experience everything!
    If you don't, you're going to regret it."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Chris H., Age 15 --- Florida
    July 12, 2002
    "Make the most of your todays, for they will always become a memory, good or bad."
    Copyright © 2002 Brittny Thiel
    July 12, 2002
    "If you don't try your hardest in life, you will never reach your dreams."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by T.S., Age 14 --- New York
    July 10, 2002
    "Don't wait for opportunities to come to you; you could be waiting forever."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by S.C., Age 18 --- NSW, Australia
    July 10, 2002
    "Let someone enjoy the same feeling you get from helping other people."
    Martha Mckenny --- Submitted by Bre C., Age 16 --- Texas
    July 10, 2002
    "Real friends tell you what you NEED to hear,
    Which is not always what you WANT to hear."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Shauna W., Age 14 --- Texas
    Hopefully this will speak to anyone who is in the same position I am; telling your friend that they're wrong for doing something and having them tell you you're a bad friend for it.
    July 10, 2002
    "You are not alive unless you are LIVING. You are close enough to dead, if you are merely existing. Take chances; make statements. You only go through this once; do it the way you want."
    Written in 2002 by Denise L., Age 15 --- New Mexico
    July 10, 2002
    "The biggest lessons I ever learned were not something that I learned in school,
    But from my very own mistakes."
    Copyright © 2001 Bethany Neumann
    Being a teenager is tough...but please, DON'T EVER GIVE UP!
    July 10, 2002
    "The hardest thing about growing up is realizing it's happening."
    Cordia K. --- Submitted by Katie H., Age 14 --- Indiana
    July 8, 2002
    Please don't judge me by my face, by my religion or my race.
    Please don't laugh at what I wear, or how I look or do my hair.
    Please look a little deeper, way down deep inside
    And although you may not see it, I have a lot to hide.

    Behind my clothes the secrets lie,
    Behind my smile I softly cry.
    Please look a little deeper, and maybe you will see
    The lonely little girl, that lives inside of me.

    Please listen carefully to her, she'll show that she is insecure.
    Please try to be a friend to her, and show her that you care.
    Please just get to know her and maybe you will see
    That if you just look deep enough, you'll find the real me.
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Mango L., Age 16 --- California
    July 8, 2002
    "The true measure of a person is not the number of servants they have,
    But the number of people they serve."
    Arnold Glasow --- Submitted by Travis H., Age 17 --- Qld, Australia
    July 8, 2002
    "Dreams can become reality, even for you; so don't give up just yet!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Heather H., Age 16 --- New York
    July 8, 2002
    "Sometimes you can't find anyone to talk to about how you feel inside. You are wrong. God is there whenever you need to sort out all your feelings. All you have to do is pray."
    Written in 2002 by Jessica W. --- Minnesota
    July 8, 2002
    "If you are looking for beauty, you will miss love.
    If you are looking for love, you will find both."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Whitney Y., Age 16 --- Florida
    July 8, 2002
    "You can't make other people happy unless you're happy."
    Ricky Nelson --- Submitted by Danielle W., Age 16 --- Tennessee