One thing I know all too well, is that it's not just bad people who make bad decisions, Good people make bad decisions all the time too.
A split second bad decision can ruin your entire life! I wish so badly that everyone could stop and take a second to THINK about the consequences of those bad decisions before they make them. Think about how it affects them, their families, their communities.
Texting and driving...you could accidentally take someone's life with your car. Be in the wrong place at the wrong time, next thing you know you have a criminal record and cannot get certain jobs when you grow up. One hit of heroin, and you could be dead/addicted. Throw some eggs at some cars with your buddies, next thing you know you can't get your license til you're 18 and you have a criminal mischief, criminal damaging on your record and are court ordered to pay restitution to the victims of your night of fun that you thought was just kids being kids. We don't live in world where kids are just kids anymore. We live in world where kids shoot up movie theaters and their schools and college campuses. We live in world where more people than ever feel like they need to carry concealed weapons to protect themselves. We live in a world where some counties have to bring in refrigerated trucks, to house the bodies of overdose victims because the morgue has no vacancies!
Just ONE risk, ONE decision, that it takes you ONE second to make....and it can alter the entire course of EVERYTHING. There is no UNDO button in life, there's no do-overs, there's no get out of jail free card. It affects us all, the mistakes, the decisions, the senseless acts, lives lost needlessly, foolish behavior that could have been avoided.
SAVE A LIFE, LOOK TWICE FOR BIKES, DON'T TEXT AND DRIVE, JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS, DON'T FEED THE ALLIGATORS, NO SWIMMING, SLIPPERY WHEN WET, CAUTION, STOP, YIELD, THOU SHALL NOT KILL, LIE, CHEAT, COVET, DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD WANT THEM TO DO UNTO YOU, TELL THE TRUTH THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, NEVER HIT A WOMAN, DRIVE SLOW, CHILDREN AT PLAY, USE A CONDOM, MAY CAUSE CANCER, NOT FOR INTERNAL USE, NO TRESPASSING, SHOPLIFTERS WILL BE PROSECUTED .....The warnings are everywhere, what's it going to take for people to listen?
Feeling worried and sad for people around me that I know are hurting and going through some tough times. Those who have lost someone to an overdose, to those who've lost their freedom and their futures to crime, those who's futures have been forever altered because this ONE time, they said to hell with it and rolled those fateful dice.
Young people especially, I know you think your parents are nags and totally uncool, but heed their warnings, because they KNOW just how quickly youthful inexperience can turn into a life altering situation.