Live Life with Your Shining Lights

By Ranolene, age 16, South Africa

In life we have many paths. Some may lead to pain and suffering and others to happiness and joy. Many times we may feel alone because of trials we go through. We may feel unwanted or like a burden to our family, even if they never say a word.

Yes, being a teenager is hard. Growing up is hard, but we can make it easier by not shutting loved ones out of our life.

The day I constructed this article I was in a hospital bed (August 15th, 2011). I got sick around 2 am and was rushed to the hospital. As we hurried to the hospital, I wondered: When is it ever going to stop? When is God going to make things better for me? I was sitting in that car, looking at the road. It was as if God spoke to me using the road as his eye-opener.

You see, the road never ends until you reach your destination, and my destination is heaven at the very end of my road. Along the road to our destination we face dangers, traffic, and drunk drivers. They are like life's darkest situations. It could also be sickness, financial problems, friendships being broken, or divorce. They try to stop us from reaching our destination.

But then along the road you will find lights on the road - in South Africa we call them "cat eyes." They lead you through the darkness. Those cat eyes are our family and friends around us, trying to be that bright light shining on our part.

Life is too short to face problems on our own. We must let in our family and friends, let them be our leaders. Shutting a person out of your journey is like shutting out the only light you have.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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