After reading Emily Wright’s article “Gone Girl“, I was taken aback by the struggles Emily went through from her childhood to her teenage years. The amount of bullying she suffered was difficult to imagine for someone who has also grown up in Toronto. Especially after growing up in a fairly well-off neighborhood like Rosedale was, how can such a girl fall into so many years of drugs, sex, and homelessness? Most people from Toronto would say that the article falls under a category that’s “far-off” from the reality of the situation. I mean, look at the homeless people on the street — they couldn’t possibly have had lives as hopefully as the one Emily did.
The sad truth is, we see less that half of what goes on the street, and Emily’s article demonstrates that precisely. Everyday when you’re in downtown, we walk by at least a dozen people who are panhandling, or begging for money. We have become so accustomed to this daily ritual that we no longer pay no mind to it. The only people we see offering any change or money are probably tourists or people not from the Downtown core.
That’s how the invisible line works: You’re standing in the same vicinity as them but you don’t even see them anymore.
When her story surfaced on my news feed, I immediately remembered the past I had and the struggles with being a teenager. A lot of us have probably faced the struggles of being bullied, but we reached other outlets to get over it. Some people turn to their hobbies, others turn to family, or making friends on the internet. Some people are unfortunate enough to have to have enough support to get through the tough times.
Emily Wright did not. She had the opportunity of chasing her dreams like everyone else, but due to both bad luck and being at the wrong place at the wrong time, she fell into an abyss.
Drug Addiction In Teenage Years
It’s common knowledge that drug addiction is terrible and one of the toughest things to overcome. How do people fall so easily into it when it’s being warned everywhere, by parents and by teachers?
1. Teenagers don’t realize the severity of the issue
When you were a teen, did you ever do certain things to make you look cool? Teenagers are easily influenced and they will mimic what’s being done around them. If they see Matthew McConaughey sniffing crack, then they’re gonna want to try it to. Why not? He plays a cool, rich, successful person. It’s the media that illustrates these things are “ethically okay”.
2. Teenagers are easy to mold
The most amount of people I know that smoke regularly are people that started when they were 18 years or younger. It’s easy to start a habit when you’re young, and even harder to give it up when you grow older. A lot of people that did drugs when they were young still do it now. People that have started it when they were older usually aren’t as easily addicted. It’s extremely easy to mold a kid into a behaviour that lasts when they get older, because it shaped their mindset growing up.
3. It doesn’t matter on who your parents are, your upbringing, or your where you live
Anyone can be victims of drug abuse. It takes one mind wander, and one person to provide it, and it’s there. The point is, it could happen to anyone. Don’t blame the victim for what happened because it could be your best friend.
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