Saturday, June 1, 2013

Trusting Those Who Care

Trust. It’s one of those words we throw around that some people don’t take very seriously anymore. Call me a cynic, because I've been through my fair share of breakups where trust was involved, but trust is one of those things that we should never take for granted, and the more we get hurt, the more we seem to lose trust. I have learned that in scenarios when you aren’t sure WHO to trust, it is important to listen to the opinions and insight of those who love you unconditionally – close friends, family, even your pets.  If your closest friends and family members don’t get a good vibe from the person you are seeing, then chances are, there is something wrong.

Although we can’t always depend on the advice of our friends and family, but have you ever heard that love is blind? We may want to see past all of our partner’s flaws because “I love him/her,” but sometimes, we need people on the outside to give us another perspective and open our eyes to things that we may not have seen or wanted to see.  On the flip side, it is important for friends and family to be open and honest with you about a toxic relationship you may be in or warning signs you might not have been aware of. Although we’d like to think we can trust our partner, it is more important to trust what those around us are saying, those who have been in our lives for a substantial amount of time and know us well.

When it comes to our young people, we need to cultivate trust with them so they are willing to come to us when they have a problem. We also need to promote a positive level of self awareness so that they can trust their own instincts when it comes to a questionable relationship or situation. We need to learn to trust those around us to help us make good decisions so that our young people can follow in our footsteps of healthy decision making.

by Sara Lamberson, Health Communications Assistant, SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

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