It’s Ragnarok Day- watch out!

So today, if you don’t know yet is….. the Viking Apocalypse! In Norse mythology, today, February 22nd, 2014 is the Twilight of the Gods. There, Surt the Fire Giant, will set Asgard, the home of the Gods, on fire. Midgard the Serpent, will splash its tail in all directions, sending huge waves towards land, and engulfing an enormous amount of the earth in a severe flood. A giant wolf, Fenrir, was originally tied up by the gods but on Ragnarok, he breaks his chain and kills Odin, king of the gods. Its World War 3, with the gods versus the demons, and they all kill each other in the end.

norse myth

The weird thing is, the gods knew that Ragnarok was coming, and they could do absolutely nothing to prevent it. They just went on with their lives, and was it came, they would be ready to die with honor! Now that’s true courage. It teaches us that courage is knowing that you had a duty to perform, and being willing to carry out that duty to  the best of your abilities, no mater what the cost.

I can relate to that- I know that in running someday I’m going to have a killer workout pop right out of the blue, and I’m going to have to finish it, whether it be 12x400s, 5x1000s, a tempo, mile repeats, etc. I know my legs will feel heavy, my tongue will feel like sandpaper, and my heart will be pumping out of my chest,  but I need to push those things aside and get the job done.

-Heather

Teenvoices101

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of youth, it was the epoch of age, it was the Season of Self-Discovery, it was the Season of the SATs, it was the spring of serenity, it was the winter of depression, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to College, we were all going direct the other way. In short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of satisfaction only.” -Charles Dickens, partially edited by the moi

This can pretty much sum up the average American teenager’s high school experience, at least from what I’ve seen. Teenagers these days face so many pressures; to get good grades, to participate in numerous extracurricular activities for college credits, to be a superstar athlete, to be the prettiest/thinnest/smartest/strongest/cutest/sexiest/popular, etc. There seems to be no end, no satisfaction to this because once you’re out of your sweet, cozy elementary school years, middle school comes around, and its an entire different story. That’s not even the whole picture-once high school begins, BAM!- it hits you like a ton of bricks.

highschool        arrow             bricks

You may start to look at your peers around you, and start to make comparisons- Is she prettier than me? Does he  look buffer than me? Do people like him/her more than me? What can I do to be better than him/her? All you can do is try your best and fight for a spot among the ‘accepted’ fashion of the month. Those who don’t keep up with it are left to fend for themselves. Not only that, but since recent years, educational standards have risen to the extreme- College costs 3 times as much as it did 20 years ago, the new Common Core standardized testing (Don’t even get me started on that), and high competition for a spot among the smartest and brightest students today.

teenpressures

You may get really depressed. You may begin to feel trapped and look for something, anything, that could offer you some comfort, a solution that could assure you that no matter how crappy your life is, that something is always there, whether it be a goal, a friend,  a passion, or material usage.

According to Eleanor Roosevelt,  “In all our contracts it is the probably the sense of being really needed and wanted which gives us the greatest satisfaction and creates the most lasting bond.”

Satisfaction/Acceptance is what we strive to achieve, and if we feel unwanted or not needed, we want that satisfaction/acceptance all the more desperately, causing us to look towards drugs, join gangs, develop an eating disorder, etc. If one feels that they have no hope for overall happiness with their life, they may commit suicide.

Sooner or later, chances are that you’re going to hit a G                  A                           P. You may be stuck on how to solve a problem, figure out a way to escape a bad influence, or on how to find overall satisfaction.

thegap

My friends and  I recognized this issue, so we decided to create our own site on Tumblr, called Teenvoices101.com. At the site, teens are able to connect with others from around the world by sharing personal stories dealing with everyday life or problems. This way, we hope to bring teens closer together in a way that gives adolescents the chance to learn from others and share similar experiences.

However, we’re really low on stories. :((((((((((((( If you decide to post a story and/or share the site, it would be greatly appreciated, and help us give others a way to find solutions for a variety of issues, including depression, suicide, bullying, pressure to get good grades, eating disorders, sexual violence, etc. If we get about 50 stories by the end of February, I promise to promise to publish a fun post with cool quizzes, recipes, and quotes! 🙂

Here is the link:

http://teenvoices101.tumblr.com/

By submitting a story, sharing our mission, or even just visiting the site, you have became a part of a bridge to help get others over a G——-A———–P, to help them  find satisfaction with their life and accept themselves and others  for who they are.

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P.S Here’s the link again 🙂 http://teenvoices101.tumblr.com/

-Heather

The Willow Tree

My second poem! 🙂

The Willow Tree

A path in the forest

Dirt trodden and bare

A chorus of birds

Chirp in the air

Down it leads

Through the dark green trees

Past a fast- flowing river

In a cool fall breeze

To a rolling grass field

Where a willow tree stands

A branch reaches out

Where a mockingbird lands

Here all is quiet

Not a soul tries to fight it

The tree stands alone

But with silence beside it

Then the forest remembers

What below the tree lays

And flashes back

To that one summer day

T’was a year of war

Peace seemed nevermore

With blue fighting gray

Shook the land to its core

Soldiers in gray

Camped down by the field

With the rains as their lance

And the trees as their shield

A soldier in blue

Marches steadily through

The woods, slightly nervous

But knows what to do

Rain wettened the ground

Which formed into mud

So the blue soldier slipped

And fell with a thud

The soldiers in gray

Heard a loud bray

And ran towards the spot

Where the blue soldier lay

There they tied a sack

‘Round the blue soldier’s head

They marched back towards the camp

To the tree in the mead

The gray soldiers’ captain

Ordered his men

To hang up a noose

On the tree branch’s end

After only a moment

The soldier hanged dead

The deed had been done

Not a word had been said

The captain then, just in case

Searched for life, any trace

Untied the sack

And

Looked

Into

His brother’s

Face

Now where a willow tree stands

On a cool Autumn day

A mockingbird lands

And then flies away

 willow

-Heather

Tesla Shakers

Nikola Tesla

Hey so for my English class we are doing a What If? project. My partner Vicki and I are doing something that we are calling Tesla Shakers. We are trying to develop a phone case that can charge your phone using motion and even body heat. I recommend that everyone should check it out. It’s a pretty crazy idea and we need some help so if any of you have any ideas feel free to throw them out there. We’d appreciate any help we could get. Here’s the link and I hope you guys like it.

Tesla Shakers:  http://teslashakers.wordpress.com/

The Chestnut Trees

For History class we had to right a response to a painting from the first impressionist exhibition. I chose to write a story and I wanted to share it with you guys. I hope you like it.

The Chestnut Trees

            Two girls sat at the base of a chestnut tree. It was midsummer and both girls were slowly dozing off. The younger girl with her short light brown hair was falling asleep with her face in a book. The older girl with long dark brown hair was staring up through the tree’s canopy and watching the sun try to shine its beautiful light through the widespread branches. The girls had been out there for hours and both knew that it would be time to go in soon but neither wanted to leave their peaceful seat among the trees. Continue reading