Teens don't have the brain capacity to imagine much more than the immediate future. Frankly, they are living in the moment - something most of us forget how to do by the time we are 30.
And so, just like when they were toddlers, we need to remind them, EVERY single time they go out, to be careful, pay attention, watch what you put on social media (I could write an entire book on tweets...), don't get in a car with someone who has been drinking (yes, of course I know the drinking age is 21 - I also know I was a teen with fake ID and if you think it's changed in 35 years I urge you to come out into the light), to call us, no matter what, no matter where, if you are in a situation that makes you uncomfortable.
As an adult, we sometimes forget those same lessons we are working so hard to impart on our kids.
Are we over-thinking things? Are we over-analyzing to a faretheewell about stuff that we should just let roll off our backs? I can put my hand in the air and say, "Yep."
Each day is an adventure in staying in the present. Each day I get another chance to get it right. Sometimes I am victorious and some days I am very glad for tomorrow.
Let's not think too hard about it.
Without each other there ain't nothing people can do, yeah, yeah
Think about me (what your trying to do to me) till the fall of night
Think about it baby