As we reach adulthood, do we think we are immune to the risks of our youth?
Hooray! We are grown-ups! Life is so easy now! We stay up late, eat whatever we want, go out drinking, and… wait. We did all that and it was fun, for about a minute. Then life happens. School, jobs, relationships, pesky electric bills are all there to remind us that being an adult is not as much fun as we’d anticipated. So as the reality of being grown up settles in, as we pay down the balance on the Master Card, as we rise earlier and earlier for work, as our once perfect eyesight now seems fuzzy, we may crave a bit of that old irresponsibility of our recently younger days.
Sometimes, as we approach our mid to late twenties, even the most responsible among us can slip. Maybe we think birth control isn’t always necessary because, hey, what are the chances? Maybe we think we can handle our liquor pretty darn well now, and there’s no need to worry about driving home; we can do it. Maybe we decide condoms are just so, ugh, and we think we know a ‘clean’ person when we see one by this point - this is not our first rodeo, after all.
Well, we’re wrong. Drunk driving, unexpected pregnancies, STIs, and all of the other risks you were lectured about as a teenager are still lurking around. Just because we are paying down our student loans like a boss, doesn’t give us carte blanche to disappear into a teenage haze. You have worked so hard, and you deserve all of the rewards from that work. Don’t let the misjudgment of your youth affect the brightness of your future.