By Jack Sinclair
Anorexia is not something I had ever thought
about until I saw it sneaking into Zoey's life. I've never
been so afraid for her. She was feeling so much pressure from
her family that she was getting herself caught up in their
anxiety and expectations. I really believe she came close
to dabbling in the world of anorexia and when I couldn't figure
out why, I looked at the root of anorexia - control. Anorexia
is a disease that gives the victim a sense of complete control
over their bodies through food. Suddenly it made sense to
me why Zoey found it all so appealing.
We all feel pressure. There's pressure
to get good grades in school and to fit in socially, and it's
not always easy to find your place in a world that can be
so judgemental. Look at Crystal, she chose to deny our Native
heritage to avoid being singled out in class. I don't like
that she did it, but I sort of understand her decision. It
gets really hard to know where you belong sometimes. Along
with trying to fit in at school, you also have to worry about
home. Zoey has it rougher than usual lately, because not only
are her parents on her back about getting good grades, they're
fighting between themselves all the time.
I think we all want to feel in control
of our lives, it's only natural. The thing is, we can't always
control circumstances around us and we certainly can't control
others. You have to find a balance. It's not that you stop
caring. You just have to realize that people are responsible
for their own actions, and then let nature run its course.
Just like I couldn't control my parents drinking, Zoey can't
control her parents' fighting. She needs to make decisions
that will make her happy and healthy, and that doesn't include
I think she's all right now. She's lucky
I'm around, because if she ever feels like she's spinning
out of control, I'll be here to catch her.
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