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Healthy Decisions

Signals by Shel Silverstein

When the light is green you go!
When the light is red you stop!
But what do you do
when the light is blue
with orange and lavender spots?

As you get older, it's common to be faced with important decisions, and the best answer isn't always clear. As a young adult, you are increasingly free to make choices that are yours alone to make. There are positive and/or negative consequences to these decisions. And consequences of your choices often affect people around you.

We all make mistakes in our decisions at times as well. We make choices that later we say, "Next time, I'll sure do that one differently." And we experience the consequences of our mistakes. Sometimes these consequences can affect our health-sometimes seriously.

A common question that arises is, "How can I put myself in the best position to make healthy decisions around physical and sexual intimacy?"

One sign of maturing is when you can say, "Let me think about that." or "I need some time." Decisions that are well thought out, that look at what's in our best interest, are better for our health. Well thought out decisions will help us meet our goals, needs, as well as have our desires and dreams come true.

Take your time, gather reliable information and discuss pros and cons with trustworthy friends and adults. Take time to explore your thoughts and feelings regarding important decisions, and it's also helpful to hear others' opinions as well.

Empowering yourself with reliable health information, and keeping connected with others to listen to various points of views, will help you make choices that are best for you.

Written 10/00
Revised 1/03

Keeping connected in order to grow

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