Stupid Things. Stupid Places. Stupid People.
Ah, kids these days; the (not so) innocence of youth and the desire to go out with friends and do really dumb shit. Awareness typically goes right out the window, and peer pressure has an amazing ability to wipe common sense from our minds. It is unfortunate how many tragedies occur due to a temporary (hopefully only temporary, anyway…) lapse of common sense. Though I certainly don’t advocate living a monastic lifestyle and never having any fun, there is a saying that I’m quite fond of that gets to the heart of my point: Don’t do stupid things in stupid places with stupid people. (Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for this great saying. That goes to Frank Sharpe, Jr. of Fortress Defense Consultants.) As simple and dumb, frankly, as it sounds, the best way to avoid dangerous situations is to not get into them to begin with:
- Do you really need to park all the way at the far corner of the dark parking lot because you absolutely must have that new pair of shoes or video game?
- Do you really need to take the shortcut down the alley because your feet hurt? (Probably because you absolutely had to have that new pair of shoes.)
- Do you really think it wise to ditch your friends to hang out with the hot guy/girl you met three minutes ago at the bar?
- Do you really think you should drive after several glasses of wine?
- Do you really need to run the yellow light so you don’t have to wait another three minutes?
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Josh is the Founder of the New Jersey Personal Defense Academy, an organization with a primary focus on teaching essential protection, safety and awareness skills to those who value their lives and the lives of their loved ones. We do this by cultivating students' confidence so they are better prepared to persevere through challenging situations that endanger their safety and well-being. He is a 10th degree black belt in the art of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, an NRA Certified Instructor and Range Safety Officer. See NJPDA's page on Google+.
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