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Shaped by Choices: The Power of Safe Sex and the Courage of Autonomy

Close-up photo of a doctor counsellor handing multicolored condoms to a young couple.
Kaia Thonul, Thursday, November 2, 2023, 15:34

Tapping the keys of my laptop as the train trudges onwards from Oslo, I feel the brisk cold of the 1°C weather nestling against the windows. Today, I am inspired - or should I say nudged - by a news article I read detailing a head-on collision that took place in Holmestrand. A gripping reminder of how fragile life can be, and how much our safety is, at times, left to chance.

But when it comes to certain life choices, aren't we better off seizing control rather than leaving it to fate? Which brings me to my subject of the day: pregnancy scares and the vital importance of practicing safe sex.

Like a stray hair wrapped around your finger on a windy day, the fear of an unexpected pregnancy can sneak upon you, wholly unasked for. It brings with it a whirlwind of emotion - surprise, distress, confusion, and a relentless tick-tock-clock reminding us of how life, this grand, expansive adventure, can be transformed in a split second.

Yet, what often rounds the bend after the initial scare is a sobering reflection on the immeasurable power we have over our destinies... through simple rubber contraptions, pills, and informed choices. So, in this lively discourse, let's bare the truth. Those prophylactics aren't mere moist blankets on the throes of passion. They're life rafts, guardians - knights in latex armour, staving off distressing scares and terrible diseases.

Safe sex, dear reader, is truly empowering. It lets you take the reins of your life, warding off unwanted consequences. A contraceptive pill swallowed, a condom used, a timely visit to the doctor for an STD check… they’re all the quiet, everyday reinventions of self-care. Flicking the finger not just on pregnancy scares, but also on dismissive partners or societal taboos.

And so, as the chilly day gives way to a darker night and the train barrels onward through the Norwegian winter, the thought lingers: Our acts, as simple as they seem, bear consequences. We hold immense power in our hands. Whether it's maneuvering a car on a slippery road or navigating the intricate dance of intimacy, our decisions build the road before us.

So, I urge you, dear reader, to take a wheel of your safety, in all aspects of life, be it on road or in bed. Dismiss not the whispers of precaution, for they echo the voices of wisdom.

As I round off today’s post, I can’t help but send out thoughts filled with strength to those involved in the accident today. Life can be daunting, unpredictable. But perhaps, we can learn from such events and strive to always take the safer turn, the most responsible step. One that leads us to wonderful destinations, minus a detour through a scare.

Tags: pregnancy scare safe sex unexpected pregnancy self-care

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