Last updated on September 9th, 2014 at 10:39 pm
I dare you. I double dog dare you.
- A figure of authority might not like what it is that we plan to do—we could be reprimanded, fired, grounded, whatever
- We're not even sure WHAT might happen—we're expressing a fear of the unknown
- Our peers might look at us differently after we do whatever it is that we want to do—we fear changing the group dynamic, being singled out, gossip, etc.
- We know we shouldn't be doing it
- Is anyone going to get hurt by you doing it?
- Is it legal (yeah, I know some of y'all don't care, but seriously—it's a consideration)?
- Will the outcome affect you for a really long time?
- Heck, will you even feel good about it in the morning?
- Is it something your mama would approve of?
- What'll happen if it gets on the Internet? Because let's not kid ourselves, it probably will.
- For a figure of authority, unless it's something you've done before, you likely have no exact idea of how they're going to react—if you've covered the questions and you think everything will be okay, I say go for it! However, if it's something you've done before and you KNOW you shouldn't be doing it, I would refer to reason #4 and probably just not do it.
- If you're not going to do something because you don't know what might happen, I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you'll probably never end up doing anything interesting in life if you're worried about what might happen. You should take baby steps outside of your comfort zone every now and then. Helps you remind yourself that you're alive.
- Our peers looking at us differently—you can't please everybody. You won't win every battle. If you're seeking the constant approval of your peers, I'm pretty sure you're constantly going to fall on your face in terms of progress. Live for you and self-acceptance; never for approvals.
- No seriously, if you're not supposed to do it, you're usually going to be in the wrong when you do it. Just don't do it! SERIOUSLY.