Using Your Judgement to Keep Yourself Safe and Healthy

As you grow up, you will likely come to realize that more often than not moderation – living between the extremes – is a pretty good way to have a life that can balance enjoyment and health and safety. Take food as an example. Consuming too little or being too limited about what you eat can be dangerous. Overdoing it is also a dangerous idea and can lead you to be unhealthy in other ways.

Or, consider working/studying. It is definitely good to be responsible, take your schoolwork seriously and put the necessary time into it. At the same time, you need to be able to balance that with some enjoyment, recreation and exercise. This will help you be more effective in your work but also make you healthier.

What about being adventurous? It is good to explore new places and try new things. You’ll be exposed to lots of new things when you graduate from high school and become more independent. But the extreme of “trying new things” could lead to recklessness. On the other hand, if you are very timid about ever trying someone new, it can lead to a very limited range of life options, frustration and disappointment.

As we grow up we are constantly exposed to new opportunities, possibilities and “adventures”. Some of these things are exciting and enticing. But many, especially if overdone (like eating, drinking alcohol) can involve some risk or danger. So on the one hand, it is great to find ways to have some fun and explore new people, places and activities. But remember, too much, even of things that might be exciting or enjoyable, can lead you to risk or be bad for your health.

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