Twenty-five teenagers in London won't have those problems in the new year, because in 2007 they lost their lives after being shot or stabbed to death - by their peers.
Look at the faces, imagine the lost potential, try to picture their energy and vitality in life, and their mother's faces when the police came knocking with the news. They aren't headlines.
The scale of loss is horrific and almost incomprehensible. Here are the twenty-five teenagers who died before they lived.
From left to right:
Stephen Boachie, 17, stabbed on 1 January.
Dean Lahlou, 18, stabbed on 9 January.
Jevon Henry, 18, stabbed on 24 January.
James Smartt-Ford, 16, shot on 3 February.
Michael Dosunmu, 15, shot on 6 February.
Billy Cox, 15, shot on 14 February.
Kodjo Yenga, 16, stabbed on 14 March.
Adam Regis, 15, stabbed on 17 March.
Paul Erhahon, 14, stabbed on 6 April.
Dwaine Douglas, 18, stabbed on 18 May.
Danielle Johnson, 17, stabbed on 28 May.
Sian Simpson, 18, stabbed on 19 June.
Ben Hitchcock, 16, stabbed on 23 June.
Annaka Keniesha Pinto, 17, shot on 23 June.
Abu Shahin, 18, stabbed on 26 June.
Martin Dinnegan, 14, stabbed on 26 June.
Abukar Mahamud, 16, shot on 26 July.
Nathan Foster, 18, shot on 3 August.
Mohammed Ahmed, 17, stabbed on 30 August.
Edvin Johnson, 19, stabbed on 16 September.
Rizwan Darbar, 17, stabbed on 7 October.
Philip Poru, 18, shot on 14 October.
Etem Celebi, 17, shot on 14 November.
Biendi Litambola, 17, assaulted on 17 November.
David Nowak, 16, stabbed on 15 December.
The footage, from the forthcoming reality series Life After B2K, shows the former member of B2K discussing sex acts that allegedly took place between members of B2K and their former manager Chris Stokes, and suggests that the boys were encouraged to have sex with each other, and with various industry people. Marques Houston is also implicated.
Raz-B - real name De'Mario Monte Thornton - also says, somewhat bizarrely, "Me going on Noah's Arc was an expression of what I've been through."
The news that sex is the favourite currency in show biz, and that managers and agents use their positions to get what they want from hungry young artists, isn't a big revelation. But what is shocking is the very public disclosure of a gay sex scandal involving some of the urban music scene's biggest names.
No doubt we'll be hearing a lot more about this...
Well well well, maybe heterosexuals aren't all hypocrites, after all: digital spy reports that black activists are planning to protest at a concert being given by dirty old man R. Kelly.
One of the Tube trains in which an Islamic extremist detonated a bomb on 7th July 2005 is being refurbished and returned to service, despite the fact that six people died on the Hammersmith & City line train. A London Underground spokesman said: "None of the Tube carriages in which the bombs exploded will be used again in passenger service. They have been scrapped and disposed of securely. Other carriages and parts will be brought back into use."
So, operational requirements take precedence over respect for the dead, and not surprisingly, 7/7 survivors aren’t impressed. One of them, Beverli Rhodes, says: “I would like to see a memorial plaque in each carriage to prevent the rumour mill from churning out an urban legend for future generations. Future blogs will ask did you travel in the doomed carriages from the 7/7 bombings? Would you even know? The next thing will be Channel 4 doing a ghost hunt on the carriages to "see" the ghosts of the dead.”
Gillian Gibbons, the British teacher jailed in Sudan for naming a teddy bear Muhammed, was released yesterday, after Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir pardoned her following talks with two British Muslim peers. In a statement, Gibbons had this to say: "I have great respect for the Islamic religion and would not knowingly offend anyone and I am sorry if I caused any distress. I am looking forward to seeing my family and friends but I am very sorry that I will be unable to return to Sudan and work in Unity High School as the teacher of 2X." Throughout this insane episode, I've been disturbed by the opinion, held by many, that Gibbons somehow brought the whole thing on herself. That as a Westerner in an Islamic country she should have known better. Or that we're all at fault for not being more understanding of Islam. It's precisely that kind of thinking that allowed September 11th and 7/7 to happen: turning a blind eye to Islamic extremists and letting them get on with it; allowing some warped sense of Western guilt to eclipse the fact that backward, medieval societies like Sudan oppress women and gays, and are the antithesis of a liberal, tolerant society. The war on terror supposedly targets those who harbour terrorists. But Britain, the US and others play a big role in fostering the threat of Islam. We have to stop pandering to its extremes, apologising for the hate it nurtures and the oppression it gives rise to. It's cold comfort that Gillian Gibbons has been released - she's just one woman. Who's going to help the thousands of black African Darfuris, the murders of whom the bearded Arabs of Sudan have orchestrated...?