The results of a large-scale, national survey show that teens are experimenting with performance-enhancing drugs twice as much as they used to. But an Associated Press article by David Crary reveals that this sort of drug experimentation isn’t about partying, rebellion or some sort of escape from problems. If you’re competing in sports, it’s usually about getting one step ahead of the competition. If you’re not playing a sport, it’s usually about your image. For many teens, using the drugs is about both.
“This is about how you feel, how you look,” said Steve Pasierb, president of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “[Teens] are doing this thing to get ahead… Girls want to be thin and toned. For a lot of boys, it’s about their six-pack.”
The problem with performance-enhancing drugs like human growth hormone, steroids or supplements that promise a lean, fit body is that they aren’t illegal. This makes experimenting with them that much more appealing. But don’t fall for the temptation. While there are always physical and psychological dangers associated with these sorts of drugs, the biggest danger is in what taking them represents: a belief that success can be reached through shortcuts.
In the end, there are no shortcuts to any place worth going. Success takes commitment, sacrifice, and hard work. There are no substitutes and no one—not even someone born with natural talent—gets a pass. So the next time you see an ad for some sort of quick-fix to a better-looking, better-performing body, remember that your best resources for success are already in your possession. Then dig in further and go after your dream with greater focus. No one and no thing can stop a person who pursues his or her dream with relentless passion.