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Updated: Sep 19, 2023

Artist: Aliu Panacea Onozasi

Age: 23 Country: Nigeria

"Focus" is a realistic pen drawing that portray the vision of an adolescent girl. When I was growing up, I had so many things on my mind that got me distracted. I had to worry about my Health, my Emotions, my Social Life, my Relationship with God and also my Education. I was not stable because I was too worried about my life which led to anxiety and depression.

I also had mental breakdown and sucidal thoughts surfaced because I was scared and worried. Then one day, I took my pen and I created this masterpiece because art was one thing that always made me feel connected. I knew what I wanted but I could not stop myself from worrying about myself and the things around me. So I wrote down all the things I dreamed to achieve and I place them in this drawing.

"In the midst of her anxiety and depression, she finally realize that worrying will not solve a thing." The symbols in the boxes represents the dreams of the adolescent girl. There are nine symbols which represents Good health, Good Education, Future Life Partnership, Business Partnership, Power, Wisdom and Knowledge, Love/Friendship, Treasure, Financial Stability. These are the things that most youth strive so hard to achieve in their life. It is more difficult when we do not have the means to achieve these things, so what is worse? Worrying.

This drawing encourages young people to stay focus in life. Be positive always, because you can achieve anything you put your heart to. There are a so many external factors that bring negativity but the positivity you have plus God's strength is enough to lift you up. The dreams we have are what powers the positivity inside us. When we think about the future and all that life has to offer, we can rest assured that if we continue to press on, we will succeed. I believe success comes from every step of achievement we make. Instead of worrying, let us take delight in our every little wins and stop worrying.

Let us remain Focused.

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