Say “No” to Neknominate—It Could Kill You

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So far, there have been 5 deaths from this game in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Neknominate began in Australia and has now moved into Europe, Africa, and the United States. In the game, one participant films him or herself drinking a large alcoholic beverage and uploads it onto a social media platform. He or she then nominates a couple people, by calling them out in the video, to do the same. Participants have also been doing dangerous stunts before, during, and after drinking. These dangerous stunts have included drinking a dead rat in an alcoholic beverage, drinking beer upside down out of a toilet, jumping off a bridge immediately after consuming hard liquor, or drinking hot sauce and 89% absinthe.

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If I knew then what I know now I would…

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Trent Bell is a well-respected architectural photographer for publications like the New York Times and Design New England. He was shocked to find out that a dear friend of his, who was a husband and a father of four, was sentenced to prison for 36 years. Bell decided that he wanted to create a platform for inmates to speak about their experiences and lessons learned. He asked the inmates of Maine State Prison to write letters to their younger selves and then photographed them alongside their letters. What came out of the project was life changing– the inmates wrote wise and insightful advice to their younger selves that were relatable, powerful, and meaningful. From this experience, Bell recalls that, “Our untold stories can contain loss, remorse, and regret but the positive value of these bad choices might be immeasurable if we can face them, admit to them, learn from them, and find the strength to share.”

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The consequences of taking sexy pictures and sending them on your phone or putting them online

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Let’s take a minute and walk through a hypothetical situation. Let’s say I was to take explicit photos for my boyfriend or girlfriend on my phone and send them to him or her for fun. Someone else sees my photos by accident and thinks it would be a funny joke to post them on Facebook. I wake up to texts from my friends who saw the photos online and are concerned for me. I get online to see that most of Facebook has seen my pictures. I am horrified and humiliated. What do I do? How would my life change if my most intimate moments were shared with total strangers? What if my family and friends saw them?

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Just like our GPS, sometimes we all need to do some “recalculating”

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You may feel lost. You may feel like you are on board a ship with a captain with no compass. It may even feel like you are far away in another country & whoever is doing the translating for you has had too much to drink.

That feeling is normal before any change occurs. The truth is–we can never predict how a change will affect us before it happens, even if we thoroughly prep ourselves. In the famous words of Outkast, “You can plan a pretty picnic but you can’t predict the weather.” Being adaptable to change is one of the greatest tools you have to help process challenges.

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