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Stories About Teenage Loneliness

Art, Videos, and Essays from the Ginger Teen Council

That Feeling

Kya
Ginger Teen Council

Hi, I’m Kya! I’m 16 years old and live in Newcastle, Washington. I love the arts, including theatre and dancing, but I also enjoy creative writing, poetry, and playing my piano. I love taking care of my 13 plant babies and hanging out with my friends.

Managing Loneliness Through Art
Managing Loneliness Through Art

Managing Loneliness Through Art

Kailee & Anya

Kailee & Anya

Ginger Teen Council

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Kailee:

"Hi, my name is Kailee! I am 18 years old and from Ypsilanti, Michigan. I will be a freshman studying marketing at Bowling Green State University this fall. I absolutely love anything related to cats and coffee! I enjoy hiking, watching sunrises/sunsets, traveling, reading, and making people laugh.

I was inspired to create this affirmation graphic because these 'I am' statements are what I have been needing to hear recently. Whenever I am feeling low I will stand in front of the mirror, make eye contact with myself, and repeat these affirmations until I am feeling better!"

Anya:

"I remember I was twelve years old, my family and I had just moved into an all new home. Being that I was away from my friends, loneliness started to be a familiar feeling to me. I was at a  new school and near the beginning of the school year I found a group of people I thought were nice enough to befriend. Still even though I now had kids to sit and laugh with, there was still that lingering loneliness.

Why isn’t this enough for me? Why can’t I just be content with this?

The reason I was still lonely is because the people I chose to be around didn’t see me as a friend like I did them. I assumed we were good friends while they rarely even acknowledged my existence. I figured this out when I stopped sitting or talking with them and nobody noticed my absence. It did hurt knowing nobody at my school would bat an eye if I just didn’t show up. What I did learn from this experience is that if you’re the only one putting effort into a friendship then it isn’t a friendship."

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