“Be a peach out of reach, and a plum that won’t give up none.” This is one of my favorite quotes. It’s funny but has unspoken wisdom.
Everywhere we turn, there is something about sex in magazines, books, television, social media, newspaper, the radio, even at school! As teens, we can’t change the fact that sex appears to be everywhere, but we can change how we respond. Self control, which would lead to better decisions, would lead to lower pregnancy rates in our communities.
Society makes sex seem like it’s the best thing that life has to offer. And while I’m sure it’s on the list, is it really the best thing? We must wake up and realize we teens are the future. How can we be accountable for
another life when we are irresponsible with our own? Life is a beautiful journey, whether we are up or down it, so we have to keep our heads on straight and make the best decisions we possibly can.
Have you ever stopped to look at your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or even cousins just to see how hard of a time they have in life because of a bad decision—any decision? This could be you. There are already enough things to deal with. Take the examples of those around you and use them as motivation to continue to do the right thing, even when things appear to be rough or want to throw in the towel.
We have our entire lives ahead of us to have children. Think about it. It wouldn’t be fair for us to bring children into our chaotic worlds. And let’s be real, it wouldn’t be fair to yourself. Waiting until marriage isn’t for everyone, I know, but you can wait a while. And when you’ve decided you don’t want to wait any longer, protect yourself. You deserve it and so does your tomorrow!