New Year's Resolution: The Invincible Principle
By: Madeline Hollern, University of Texas
January 4, 2007 11:35 AM
We have enjoyed a blissful lifetime of chances, choice and opportunity. The world, you see, is our oyster. We can create, say and do anything.
Unfortunately, we know it.
Young people of today are free to be, well, young and free. In recent years, however, our freedoms have given us a false sense of security. Because we've grown up knowing we can do whatever we want, that's exactly what we do.
Which brings us to our problem: The Invincible Principle.
Simply put, we think nothing bad will ever happen to us. Consequences seem inconsequential. We don't vote, we drive fast and we drink faster. We could eat well, but why? Our generation assumes that if most things lack repercussions now, they always will. So we eat poorly, binge drink, "forget" to vote and have unprotected sex.
Unfortunately, Generation Next, we are not invincible. Not now, not ever.
To fix ourselves, I propose that we examine our Invincible Principle. Not destroy it altogether, but improve it. The first step is awareness. I'm not at all suggesting that we stop drinking, or having sex, or even being young and crazy.
But if nothing else, we need to remember that our actions will indeed have consequences. This year, let's attempt to think before we act. If we don't, our "bright future" might feature liposuctions, liver problems and STDs.
I think we deserve better. We may not be invincible, but we're certainly incredible.
Here's to 2007!