You can’t go through life without making a mistake every once in a while. If you do, then that means that you’ve been playing things too safe. Life is an adventure, and it’s worthwhile throwing yourself into it with all you’ve got — you never know where it’ll lead. However, it’s worth noting that there are differences when it comes to mistakes. If you’re aiming in a positive direction, it’s less likely that you’ll end up somewhere terrible because of the risk you took (though it does happen). If you’re putting yourself in risky positions, then the chances you’ll end up in a bad position increases. Below, we take a look at some of the mistakes with the biggest negative consequences.
Falling In With the Wrong Crowd
They say that we’re the average of the five people we hang around with most, and there’s definitely something to that. While we might begin a friendship in one position, over time, we naturally move closer to our new friend’s way of thinking, at least a little bit, and especially when we’re younger. If this is a crowd of people, rather than just one person, then we move even further. If you fall into a crowd that normalizes drug use, crime, or generally bad behavior, you might have to live with the consequences that follow those kinds of behaviors.
One Summer Mistake
You could be excelling in all areas of your life, and then make one mistake, and have your life transformed. The rates of people who drink and drive increases significantly during the summer (and also around the holidays), and it’s not just the type of people from whom you’d expect this behavior. People are prone to making mistakes when they drink alcohol! While most of these mistakes are more embarrassing than harmful, those who get behind the wheel are likely to be involved in an accident, and could face manslaughter charges. Never forget the consequences that can follow the act of operating a vehicle while under the influence.
Buying Before You’re Ready
Not all mistakes we make have such instant, tragic consequences. Some of them are more subtle, more long-term. Some even disguise themselves as good things — it’s only much later that we realize this wasn’t the case. Take buying a house, for instance. It’s commonly encouraged, but it’s not always the best decision. Indeed, sometimes it turns out to be the worst decision. If you buy before you’re reading, as in you’re not financially stable, aren’t settled, and so on, then it can become a chain that is difficult to untie. You could end up in severe financial difficulties, or spending your life just scraping by.
Finally, remember, the earlier it is we take care of our health, the better it’ll be in the long-run. Don’t wait until you have a health scare before you decide to take action — be proactive about exercising, the foods you eat, and your lifestyle. You’ll regret it down the line if you don’t!