Do you ever look back at some of your behaviors from your younger years and think Thank God I’m alive? I know I took a lot of risks when I was younger. Risk-seeking behavior doesn’t stop at the teen years. I was doing some pretty dumb things well into my mid twenties. We may say, at that age, that we know we aren’t invincible and that we know we are mere mortals, but our actions would certainly say otherwise. I think it takes some of the close calls and even tragedies we experience or witness later in life to really shake some sense into us. At this point, I have had two friends who are young women undergo chemotherapy for cancer. More acquaintances than I can count have been hospitalized for drug and alcohol overdoses. I had a health scare that could have been much worse than it turned out. Things have gotten real and that’s why, there are some health and safety risks you just stop taking as you get older.
Having unprotected sex
Remember when you had unprotected with someone because he just seemed clean and you had a few friends in common so he seemed safe? Fine even if you won’t admit you did it, I will. Oh, and one man with whom I had unprotected sex wound up having a serious STD years after we slept together. I just got lucky that I slept with him before that. I’m in a relationship now but when I wasn’t, and I was older and wiser, if a man didn’t have a condom, my pants were back on in 15 seconds.