JUNE 2005

June 29, 2005
"When you learn to take life as it comes, it usually goes the way you wish it."
Copyright © 2005 Pete C. Zafra III

June 29, 2005
"Walk with hope in your heart and you will never walk alone!"
Shahrukh Khan --- Submitted by Arshad M., Age 17 --- Kerala/Cochin, India

June 29, 2005
"It is easier to run down hill than up hill - but the view is much better at the top!"
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Kyla A., Age 15 --- Missouri
I got this on a fortune cookie.

June 29, 2005
"Everyone is allowed their own individuality. How they choose to express it is what makes it individual."
Copyright © 2005 Thomas Kelley

June 29, 2005
"Life is full of obstacles. So just lift your arms, look to the heavens and never let go of what you have."
Copyright © 2005 Mitch Gilmore

June 27, 2005
"The 5 D's to everything in life: Determination, Dedication, Desire, Discipline, and Drive. With these my friends, anything is possible."
Copyright © 2005 John David Heickman
With these five words, I am able to get motivation to lose weight, exercise, eat healthier and for the most part, get through anything life can throw at me.

June 27, 2005
"You can't make a hit if you don't take a swing."
Written in 2005 by Annie O., Age 16 --- Wisconsin

June 27, 2005
"There is a rhyme and reason for every song and life is no different."
Copyright © 2005 Chris Fordham
You might not know the reason that things happen now, but one day you will.

June 27, 2005
"Don't let the past dictate who you are, but let it be part of who you become."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Alyce K., Age 13 --- Canberra, Australia
This is one of the truest things I have ever heard. Take the time to understand it!

June 27, 2005
"If you would live your life with ease; do what you ought, not what you please."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Rushil K., Age 17 --- New Delhi, India
Hi all! This quote is very, very true. Hope you learn from it, best of luck!!

June 22, 2005
"Life throws you curves, but you learn to swerve."
Rascal Flatts --- Submitted by Amanda A., Age 18 --- North Dakota
I love country music and CMT. I was watching a special on Rascal Flatts and the lead singer Gary was talking about this quote. I think of it and it reminds me of how many times it's true. No curve has brought me to complete and utter failure or otherwise. I hope it helps all the teens who have a lot of curves to get through.

June 22, 2005
"Swim your heart out even if it hurts, because once the race is over and you know you didn't go as fast as you could have, then it's going to hurt worse."
Written in 2005 by Kayla S. --- Pennsylvania
I always think of this quote before I swim. It reminds me that I will go through pain during my race, but it will hurt me a lot worse to look back and know that I could have done better. It really helps me to remember that swimming is my passion and it is in my blood. Remember, you can take the swimmer out of the water, but you can't take the water out of the swimmer.

June 22, 2005
"Have the will and courage to fight for what we want. Regrets and wishful thinking are for losers."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Bee C.L., Age 18 --- Perak, Malaysia
Things that we desire will not come easily. Use your best endeavors to achieve what you want so badly in life. Once you get it, your abilities are unassailable!!! Give your best shot, dude!

June 22, 2005
"The road that lies before you and the road that lies behind you are two totally different roads. One is ragged and overdriven, while the other is new and freshly painted. You decide which one to drive on."
Copyright © 2005 Mark Stankiewicz

June 22, 2005
You hear about the teens committing suicide
Think it doesn't happen till it is right by your side
The teen just cannot hear the cries

For every suicide note that is read
Another teardrop is shed
Thinking they're only teenage kids problems
They got them

Some handle them better then others
But the teens gotta remember they always got a brother
No matter if it is a real one, step one, or even a friend
Hopefully they're there for Din Din

So never say bye
Just tell them you'll see them again
Tell them you love them
Give that hug
Because you never know when
The last time you will hold them in your arms

This is the end of this rhyme
And the beginning of a new time
Written in 2005 by Tim W., Age 16 --- Ohio
I wrote this for a friend. She liked it and her thoughts were ended.

June 20, 2005
"No one can stop someone from loving, as no can stop a bird from flying high above the sky."
Copyright © 2005 Medo James

June 20, 2005
"All things happen for a certain reason. Just believe in yourself and everything will fall into place."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Raisa E., Age 15 --- Pennsylvania

June 20, 2005
"The mountain top is beautiful, but in the valley is where all of the trees and life grow."
Written in 2005 by A.E.H., Age 16 --- Ohio
I was getting tired of being in a tough spot of my life until I realized that it's the hard times when we grow, just like the valley of a mountain. So make the best of the mountains and the valleys!

June 20, 2005
"Life is many things at different times . . . from interesting, exciting, surprising and challenging, to frustrating, discouraging and stressful. But we learn from every experience, good or bad, and move on from there."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by S.D., Age 15 --- Illinois

June 20, 2005
"Life is too short to live without the best of friends. If you see a person you want to meet, go meet them before it's too late. Spend time with them and make them feel happy - before it's too late."
Written in 2005 by J.W., Age 13 --- Nova Scotia, Canada

June 15, 2005
"When it feels like the whole world is falling down on you...start by grabbing a tree. Once you realize you can't do it ALL, it makes it so much easier to move mountains or oceans."
Written in 2005 by "Skittles" S., Age 15 --- Utah
It's hard to live when it feels like too much is expected of you. But, when you take it one thing at a time (and you have people there to help you), it makes living YOUR life SO much easier.

June 15, 2005
"If on the first time you don't win, just try even harder and tell yourself that you can do better and that you will succeed.
Written in 2005 by Renate K., Age 13 --- Florida"
I told myself this when I did not place at state this spring but I was still going to nationals. I then thought that this was my chance to do better and to succeed in what I needed to succeed in.

June 15, 2005
"Don't dwell in the past...what's there is there for a can't change it...just know to learn from your mistakes...and concentrate on not making them again in the future."
Copyright © 2005 Charlotte Bowles
Never let the past keep you from being who you are. And never, I mean NEVER, let someone else's past affect what you think about him or her. They can't change it anymore that you can change yours.

June 15, 2005
"It's only when you believe."
Written in 2005 by Cray H., Age 17 --- Singapore
Success won't come if you don't believe in yourself. Belief makes who you can be and achieve what can you achieve. So start believing in yourself.

June 15, 2005
"Let a person know that you love them, before they go away. You might not even see them again to appreciate them."
Written in 2005 by Chandni S., Age 16 --- Ontario, Canada
I realized the importance of this quote when the person whom I loved the most left me alone, without saying a word. Now he lives 7 seas far away from me, in India.

June 15, 2005
"If everyone were struggling to be different, then wouldn't the struggle make everyone the same?"
Copyright © 2005 Charles Taylor
I wrote this quote after my mom and I talked and I thought, "Everyone is actually struggling in the same way... to be different."

June 13, 2005
"Persistence and patience pays off no matter what you do. You only can achieve what your mind believes."
Coach Gioffredi --- Submitted by C.G., Age 14 --- Iowa
He is really inspirational and keeps our basketball team going!

June 13, 2005
"You know, I've been thinking about Life. What is the meaning of life? Well, after a lot of thought I've come up with the answer. Life is an improvisation. Live in the moment, as yourself and with no regrets, and you will be living the Life."
Copyright © 2005 Derek Reimherr
Be yourself and all bounty will be yours.

June 13, 2005
"Love is not blind, it sees more than less. And because it sees more, it is willing to see less."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Yamashita, Age 17 --- N.T., Australia
I was blown out when I saw this quote. I think it's true because love knows more than we do. It's just so amazing to know that love heals us from all blindness. We know there is beauty behind stuff when we realize we are in love. Nobody is ugly and everybody deserves to be loved.

June 13, 2005
"Don't be a loner, don't be a follower, don't be a leader, be an owner, be yourself."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by M.G., Age 13 --- California
Don't sit round without any friends; have some, but only a few. Don't follow others every move; follow your heart. Be a leader, for good reasons, and the best thing to be is an owner of yourself.

June 13, 2005
"You should always be careful on how you choose your friends because they are the ones that will back you up one day."
Written in 2005 by Elias E., Age 17 --- North West, South Africa

June 8, 2005
"When one door closes another opens. Don't waste time trying to open a locked door."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by C.W., Age 15 --- Sydney, Australia

June 8, 2005
"The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right."
Mark Twain --- Submitted by K.S., Age 16 --- Colorado

June 8, 2005
"Don't walk in to constant guilt by holding grudges! Learn to forgive. Life's too short to lose friends, even if friends are forever."
Copyright © 2005 Faraz Ali
Life's too short to be involved in grudges. For all you know, tomorrow your "enemy" may be dead and you will sit there thinking, "I really should have patched things up."

June 8, 2005
You're the one who's always waiting at my side
When no one else is there.
You're the one I can always talk to,
You always seem to care.
You help me through all my petty problem and rough times,
And when I've lost all hope,
You make me laugh at good ol' times,
You never seem to judge me or ever put me down,
You put the biggest grin on my face,
Whenever you see a frown.
Thanks for being the sensitive person you are
And the coolest friend I could ask for
Your advice is enough to get me through my hard days,
I need nothing more.
Copyright © 2004 by Lori Siegel
I wrote this for my friend.

June 8, 2005
I heard a voice tell me, "Look in to the mirror."
I asked why?
It said, "Look, what do you see?"
I said nothing.
The voice asked me again, "What do you see?"
I couldn't see anything.
The voice said, "Can't you see me?"
I said, "No".
Written in 2005 by Stacie S., Age 15 --- Australian External Territories
I didn't hear that voice again after that. I began realizing that voice was me and realizing I didn't know myself. Be yourself! He didn't know himself because he wasn't acting like himself/herself. Be true to your heart. If people can't accept that, they can't accept themselves.

June 6, 2005
"If you're looking for the motivation, because someone said you couldn't do it, there it is - prove them wrong."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Sam B., Age 13 --- Ontario, Canada

June 6, 2005
"The carnival comes and goes. But if you wait long enough, it will always come back to you."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by A.B., Age 19 --- Pennsylvania
No matter how hard life seems sometimes, we have to remember that it won't be that way forever. Patience pays off.

June 6, 2005
"Don't let your past dictate your future. Let it become your encouragement to do better."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Emisang M., Age 18 --- South Africa
Sometimes we tend to focus more on what we did wrong, letting it cripple us with fear and regret. I think we must learn from our mistakes so that we may move on.

June 6, 2005
"The actions of leaders are just like bags of chips. When they're shaken, the big ones rise to the top."
Copyright © 2005 Gordon Jarvis

June 6, 2005

Be talented, be smart, be proud, be strong, be blessed, be real,
Be nice, be happy, be sad, be glad,
Be you, be yourself, be down, be cool, be Sue, be Lou,

Be tough, be soft, be hard, be fake, be true, be there,
Be free, be best, be worst, be something, be nothing, be everything,
Be black, be white, be big, be small, be tall, be all,
Written in 2005 by Lynette S., Age 15 --- Louisiana
You can be any of these and you're still going to be BEAUTIFUL!!!!!