Lexi Black - Essay
Lexi Black - Pennsylvania
Nomination by Amy Hedges Photography
Photo taken by my mom (Karen Black)
Hi, my name is Lexi Black and I am a part of inspiring Teens Magazine issue 66. Mental health is a topic that is very dear to my heart. Now I have had a long journey with mental health, but | would like to focus on eating disorders. There are many types of eating disorders that can affect many different types of people. About 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with a type of ED. At the age of I1 | became one of them. I fully convinced myself that I did not need food to survive and I was fine. Like many mental disorders, it is more of a mental battle rather than physical. Now, yes, it does effect one physically, but it is the mind that tells us things that form our actions. The brain is a very complex thing to understand. So the constant battle of giving in and listening to the bad thoughts or listening to your physical body can be exhausting. Many people avoid getting help for a couple reasons. Maybe they were raised in a culture were mental health is fake, maybe they simply do not want help because they do not believe that they have a problem. Whatever the reason may be, it is important for everyone to be educated about eating disorders. There are many reasons why one may develop an eating disorder. It may be because of some type of abuse, having a need for some type of control, or maybe developed one through genetics. The important part is to get help and work with the people who just want to see everyone happy and healthy. If one does not at least try to get help they are increasing their chances of death. Eating disorders are one of the deadliest mental illnesses. They are second in line right behind opioid overdoses coming in at first. With so many people struggling with their relationship with food, it is important to help these people before the fate of death catches them. Thankfully I was given help early so that I did not have as many side effects as I could have. Through the years, I have gone through eating disorders, such as anorexia and BED (binge eating disorder). By putting my body through to complete opposite disorders through the years, I fear about how badly I have damaged my body. With anorexia, I shrunk my stomach rapidly and deprived my body of nutrients that it needed, especially that a preteen needs for upcoming growth. And then very quickly with my binge eating disorder, I stretched out my stomach. From the rapid shrinkage and stretching of my body, it was put through a lot in such a short period of time. I say this not to sound harsh, but because many people struggle with similar situation, and are not fully comprehending what our bodies go through during this disorder. There is no shame when struggling with an eating disorder, and there never should be. These are simply just some overall facts about an eating disorder, but please keep in mind they affect everyone differently. Anorexia is having the loss or inability to eat. Therefore, weight loss is a very prominent symptom. with your body being deprived of necessary, nutrients other symptoms caused by anorexia include loss of muscle mass, fatigue, low blood pressure, dizziness, low body, temperature, hair loss, loss of menstruation, abnormal, heart, rhythms, and in severe cases infertility and death. Not everyone may experience these exact symptoms, but it is important to know about them in order to understand why your body may feel off. Again, my name is Lexi Black and I hope this helps to raise awareness to mental health and help be a voice for those who may be struggling.
Tatiana Uribe - Essay
Hello, my name is Tatiana Uribe and I am a member of Inspiring Teens Issue 65. If i was in a group of people the topic I would bring up would be about mental health. I think it’s very important for people to be very knowledged when it comes to mental health and be able to understand the different challenges that people might face with it. Nowadays I think people tend to have a very vague understanding of how mental health can really play a role in people's lives. Throughout my life mental health was definitely one of my biggest challenges. I grew up in a place where I couldn’t really express my feelings, but when I came to the age of 10, I found someone who I could talk to and express my anxiety with. I am forever grateful for that person because she really shaped me as a person I am today and I think that it doesn’t make anyone less of a person if they need an outlet and or a person to talk to you about their feelings. I think sometimes people can get confused with mental health as something that isn’t a big deal because it isn’t a physical pain that others can see, however, it’s really important to note that it doesn’t make that pain any less. Pain can come in many different ways and doesn’t always have to be seen physically. Sometimes it can be difficult for people to understand how mental health can be challenging if they haven’t faced many obstacles with it, but I think that they should at least be educated and know how to help or at least know the toll it can play on someone’s life. I think it’s important for everyone to at least know a little bit of mental health, and about it rather than just simply ignoring it especially if they have friends and family that go through things like that. mental health has become a lot more common in the world, and it affects the way we feel, think, react and express ourselves. It plays a huge part in the way that we grow up and the way that we change as individuals. One in every five people have suffered through a mental illness. Mental illness can be caused by genetics, life, experiences, trauma, and physical injury. There are many different ways that a person can cure or help someone with mental illness instead of going to therapy. Some of those examples include staying active, meditating, reading, having good sleep schedules, and having good eating habits. There are many different ways that people can help reduce the levels of stress or depression, or any other mental illness that one may have. Knowing this information can help you and others with mental health. My goal is to be able to spread more awareness throughout my community as well as hopefully across the nation by writing this to be featured on issues 65 uninspiring teens magazine.
Photography by Keith Alton Portraits
Haley Holzworth - Essay
Hi my name is Haley Holzworth and I am a member of Inspiring Teens Issue 65. When asked what one thing that I could talk about I answered colorguard. Colorguard has basically been my whole personality since the sixth grade. I got started due to and after school program and heard an announcement about the guard call out. I fell in love with it the moment I picked up my first flag. It all came really easy to me. I’ll never forget my first winter show. It was to the song “All I want for Christmas is you”, by Mariah Carey. We were in these horrid red jumpsuits and spun flags with bright gold silks. We even had to sleep with old lady curlers so all of our hair matched!
The next year I tried out for the JV team. I had looked up to them during my first year and had big dreams of spinning with those kids. I was nervous going into auditions because I was pretty young. That year I was the only seventh grader on the team! This season is actually how I met two of my closest friends; Lilly and Cat. The three of us were unstoppable. That season I was an opening flag for the show Raise your glass. Yes, it was the Pink song. I played a cheerleader and so did Lilly. That’s how we got so close.
My eighth grade year I sadly do not remember most of. It was a show with all Queen songs. I really just remember a lot of gold being all over the place. Gold costumes, gold eyeshadow, and gold silks.
As I went into high school I wanted to do marching band and be on the Varsity team. However, I was recruited to do drum line that year so that all went down the drain. Sophomore year was my time to shine. I was determined and had my mind made up to make the Varsity team, and I did! This was my first season spinning sabre, basically a sword, and I have spun it ever since! It is actually my favorite piece of equipment!
Sophomore year was a big learning experience for me. I had to learn skills I had not been taught before and that is a challenging experience that only a niche group of people would understand. The change in coaching from JV to varsity was for the better but relearning how to do things you thought you were doing perfectly is also hard. As a sophomore I had really strong leadership skills and led the flag line a majority of the time. That winter our show was called Coven. We played witches and it was the sassiest show I had done. It was so cool to be a part of. That team was more like a family. That winter I had a really awesome flag solo. It made me feel like I could do anything!
Now as a junior I have spun two marching shows and five winter seasons. Fun fact, this year's winter show was about Bigfoot! When thinking about how our coach was going to one up the witch show, Bigfoot did not cross my mind. My best friend Lilly actually played the Bigfoot character. It was really awesome being able to see her take on that responsibility!
My journey in colorguard has been a long one and I hope to continue it after high scool. Whether it be coaching or drum crop my love for spinning will go on forever.
Photography by Rusty Holzworth
Jesi Abney - Essay
Jesi Abney – Louisiana
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.