Lots of people enjoy thrills. On the extreme end of that, some people consider themselves adrenaline junkies. This is all fine and good, but there are plenty of persuasive arguments against risky behaviors that people want to do because they are exciting. Especially if someone is dependent on you, for example you have a child, dangerous behaviors are not worth it once you think about the cost and the benefit.
Three situations, in particular, will showcase how risky behaviors are lousy idea in specific instances. People love driving fast on the road, but that can and will lead to tragedy. Any risky behavior also not only affects you, but it affects your family members. If you do something dumb but thrilling, how can it potentially affect your family members?
Finally, risky behaviors often lead to financial issues. If you consider the example of gambling, that’s a thrill and a risk, but people lose the shirt off their backs every day because they don’t know when to quit.
Avoiding Vehicle Tragedies
The thrill of the open road is a known hole for people of a specific personality type. They like driving fast and aggressive. They are the ones most susceptible to road rage. The problem is that these sort of risky idealities can lead to car accidents or other tragedies on the road. Even if it doesn’t sound like the most fun ever, driving defensively and staying away from distracted driving are two of the best things that you can do to stay safe while in a vehicle.
Respect for Family Members
Your risky behavior doesn’t just affect you. Think for example about people who say controversial things online because they like the risk of arguments. One wrong statement on the Internet today can get you fired and can even get a lot of unwanted attention from law enforcement.
And it’s not just you that this attention will be focused on. Your family members may have to take the heat for your bad behavior as well. It is always a risk to say things online that you would not say to a person to their face.
A final reason to avoid risky behavior is because of the financial implications. Gambling is, by nature, a risk. People who become addicted to gambling almost always lose out in the end. Because of this, the risk and the thrill of gambling are almost always followed by financial loss. If you don’t have the self-restraint to only bet what you can lose reasonably, and you should probably not gamble at all.
All of these examples of risky behaviors that lead to adverse consequences should be ever-present in your mind. If you ever feel like you’re doing something to get a thrill, but negativity could come out of it, take a few breaths and decide if it is worth it for you and the people around you.