"Although this post is aimed at everyone of all ages, my hope is to reach the younger generations, to let them read this post and I aim to get you to think long and hard about the choices you make. We've all been teenagers at one point in life, so we all understand the challenges you face from hormones to getting to know yourselves. I personally believe our teenage years help shape the person we become. We've all been through the reckless stage where you think you're invincible and you can do anything and everything."
Today I want to share with you, something that has been in the works for a while. I sit here and say it's been in the works because in all honesty it's been sat within my to-do-list and not moved, you see normally I'd just go ahead as soon as I'm inspired and publish my thoughts there and then. But to me this one's different, it's one that I'd put off in fear of the response I'd get, not because it's something I shouldn't share, with you, because this is damn well important and needs to be said, but it may also hit home with a few people.
Last night I watched something that made me feel even more passionate about my need to share this with you. Well I say it as if I watched something and that was it, but actually it was more than one programme, for some reason I don't watch much TV any more, but Wednesday's have become an exception. I hope I'm not the only person that gets seriously gripped into programmes so much so that if I need to do something Ill wait for the break.
From around 9pm - 11pm I'm sat on the sofa in my dressing gown watching Channel 4, it goes a little like this; 24 hours in A&E, Bring me back to life and ends with 999 what's your emergency. You see these types of programmes are the only ones i enjoy any more and I think that's because they are real.. I'm interested in the behinds the scene things we don't normally get to see, experience for ourselves or the way other families cope with disaster and so on.
Let me just say, if you haven't watched Channel 4's Bring me back to life, then I highly suggest you do as it puts a lot
Although this post is aimed at everyone of all ages, my hope is to reach the younger generations, to let them read this post and I aim to get you to think long and hard about the choices you make. We've all been teenagers at one point in life, so we all understand the challenges you face from hormones to getting to know yourselves. I personally believe our teenage years help shape the person we become. We've all been through the reckless stage where you think you're invincible and you can do anything and everything.
A vital part of being a teenager is knowing your own voice, knowing what you are and aren't prepared to do. You see no one teaches you about your own voice, you aren't taught how to hear it nor use it, you're just expected to know. To me when I refer to my my own voice, I'm referring to my inner voice I think of that as my gut instinct, that voice that creeps up without prompting, usually telling you to go ahead or you get that dreaded feeling inside. I think that bad feeling as the very first warning sign, the one you need to be in tune with.
This feeling is everything, it's your inner voice that determines you going ahead and doing something or not, it helps you say yes or no to something you're about to do. Sometimes at a young age you put yourself in more danger than you realise, this can be things like:
- Meeting a stranger you've met on the internet
-Taking drugs you know nothing about, nor if they are legit
- Not telling your parents where you really are (when you're actually in a field getting drunk)
-Showing off to friends in order to look "cool"
- Fighting; you aren't aware that one punch can kill
- Taking your eye off the road for a second while driving, even if to change a song
-Agreeing to do things you wouldn't normally do in fear of saying no and not fitting in
These are just a few examples, but you see they all seems like day-to-day things when you're in that reckless stage, older people may have even done a few of these themselves; myself included.
Understandably you as a teenager only think about the here and now, the future doesn't even cross your mind. You certainly don't think about the consequences, the what ifs nor the danger, which I guess is normal for most. You tend to ignore the warning signs, brushing them off as silly and over acting, so you go ahead anyway. Yes sure your teenage years are all about having fun and living life, but it's not until you watch something like Bring me back to life, you see the possible danger or consequences of your actions.
You don't realise the harm, but stop for a split second, focus, your life is precious to you and those around you. If what you're doing ends your life or parallelizes you, all for that 5 minutes of fun.. was it really worth it? Sure you might be fine the first time, but what's to stop you from taking that one bad drug? Nothing until its too late, I'm afraid that's the truth.
No one lives forever, we all know that but why put yourself in a life or death situation? I know first handedly that you don't think anything will happen to you because you're invincible, only you're not! No one is.
This isn't a post telling you to be boring, hell no! You live your life to the fullest, instead this is a post asking you to know your inner voice. To be able to stand up for yourself and say no, when you have that bad feeling deep inside of you, you need to listen to it and take action. It's braver to say no to pressure than take a risk that could be fatal. You aren't put on this earth just to please others, there's more to witness and experience and believe me, its worth it. Know who you are, learn how to stick up for yourself and stop being a yes man.
If you aren't sure how to listen to your inner voice, or you're unsure on how to find it ask someone. Read up on it but I promise you its there, it may not be an actual voice but its that gut feeling that you need to listen to.. I'd hate to think you didn't know how, so you just chose to ignore it, make a silly mistake that you're paying for the rest of your life, things can happen fast, quicker than you'd even expect and your life can change in an instant.
Stop taking your life for granted with believing your invincible and these are just stories to scare you, because they do happen. Take some time out from time to time just to learn more about the person you are, what you want for the future and don't jeopardize that from happening while you're in the moment.
Are you taking life for granted?
I hope you've enjoyed this post, found it useful and took something away from this, remember if you have any particular things you'd like to share you can do so in the comments section.
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