“A lot can happen between now and never.” –Petyr Baelish, Game of Thrones
Never say never, unless you’re saying “never say never.” I do enjoy Game of Thrones for multiple reasons, but one of them is because I find a lot of quotes from the books and show that resonate with me. This one in particular does, as never means both a lack of opportunity taking and a lack of realistic thinking. Saying “I will never do that” doesn’t work for me because what happens when/if I do whatever “that” is? Others may not catch me on it, but I certainly do and would. I enjoy trying new things, and saying I wold never do something seems counterproductive. As uncomfortable as it may be, saying “I would never try balut, fried tarantula, skydiving, driving on crazy roads (carefully), and other experiences” would be a lie.
Additionally, saying “That will never happen to me” is not the best way to approach negative occurences. Many things can happen anywhere, and you never really know until it does. If you truly believe that would never happen to you, then you may be in for an unpleasant surprise. Assuming and expecting the worst is not healthy, but not even considering the possibility is unwise. Hope for the best, but do your research and have a plan in case something bad does happen. Consider all of the possibilities and options before saying “never.”