Who you are today is who you are tomorrow and every day from now on-what an interesting concept. What does this mean? If today you are smart, funny, a good friend, and a kind to others; chances are you will be those things in the future. On the opposite hand, if you are making bad choices, engaging in risky behaviors, and being noncompliant with your parents or other authority figures; yup you guessed it-those traits are going to follow you in to your adult life. The choices you make today hold real consequences for the rest of your life. Committing a crime now could mean that it is on your permanent record for the rest of your life. This is an extreme case of decisions today affecting tomorrow, but you need to be mindful.
Lets do an exercise:
Think about what you want to be doing in 10 years. Do you see yourself being a teacher? Maybe a doctor or a lawyer? Or you want to work the pit stop for NASCAR? Think about that dream. What does it take to get there? Now think about if who you are today is helping you reach that dream or keeping you from it. If you want to be a professional athlete you need to keep your lungs healthy and smoking weed is going to hurt that dream. Working with kids requires background checks and if you make a stupid decision now you will not be able to work in that area later. All of your decisions affect tomorrow. So act wisely.
-Kate MacHugh, Intern For Driven