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           Young People in Recovery

        By Teens....For Teens and Their Families


What's the worst that can happen?

At Live Free, something we say a lot is “what’s the worst that can happen”. Making decisions can be stressful, but just take a second and ask yourself this question. Going through rough patches in life is inevitable, and it’s completely normal to make the wrong decision sometimes. But if you never give it a shot, you could miss out on some of the best parts of life. What’s the worst case scenario? Changing how you look at big decisions can turn risks into opportunities. Even if it doesn’t work out like you thought, you can learn from the situation and try again. For example, I was very anxious about moving into my own apartment. It was scary to think about supporting myself since it was something I never had to worry about before. But what was the worst that could happen? I might not have been able to pay my bills, or I might’ve had to move back home. But in the end, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I would have regretted not trying. And again, even if it doesn’t work out, it isn’t the end of the world. If you reach out to a teacher about an extension on an assignment because you’ve been falling behind, what’s the worst that can happen? They say no. It’s not ideal, but you’re no worse off for trying than if you hadn’t tried at all. If you don’t make the effort though, you’ll never know what could’ve happened! Life is about taking risks, and some of them might not work out. But, the ones that do are always rewarding. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. I’m not saying it’s the best idea to just do things without considering the risks, but if it can’t make you any worse off than you are now, why not give it a shot?

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