Breaking rules is in our nature. If no one broke rules there would be no point behind those rules. Some rules are based on safety, and others to keep us comfortable around each other. The following are the five rules, I love to break:
Speeding is an American past time, and is my favorite rule to break. Everyone knows the rules of the road. You are probably safe if you are going under ten MPH over the speed limit. On California freeways I feel comfortable going 75 to 80 MPH regardless of the speed limit. I have places to be, and those few extra minutes are a huge benefit. There are some major drawbacks to speeding though.
If you get caught by law enforcement you will receive a ticket, and it will be costly. Want to avoid a point on your license? You will have to attend traffic school for this one too.
Of course there is the danger side to speeding too. Of all the rules I love to break, this one can cause the most damage. When you are speeding you have less ability to avoid accidents, and when an accident does occur much more force is involved. If you were speeding, and had a fatal accident you may be charged with murder.
2. Cell Phones while driving
I know that it is illegal to drive while talking on a Cell Phone in California, but in the social climate of today I cannot stay away from it. I am always checking my messages, making phone calls, checking my e-mail, and searching the web. This is a rule that is broken by almost everyone.
The consequences can be several hundred dollars in fines if caught, and a possible accident due to lowered response times. If you have an accident while utilizing a Cell Phone you could be criminally liable just as when speeding.
Cursing is a favorite past time among many people, but it is indeed a guilty pleasure. Many people are offended by cursing, and children should not be subject to this kind of language. Yet when the time is right there is nothing I love more than breaking the rules, and cursing. You will not land yourself in jail for cursing, but you may offend other people. There is also the possibility of children hearing you, and that is not OK no matter who you are.
4. Coming back late from breaks
While at work no rule is worth breaking bore than getting away with a few more minutes of lunch at work. They never give you enough time, and the daily grind is too much to jump right back into. Most employers understand if you are a little late, but do not get caught habitually or you could be looking for a new job pretty soon.
5. Just one more bite!
Sometimes when a decadent desert or well prepared meal is offered we fall to temptation. Seconds are easy to grab, but they add inches to our beltline! So this broken rule quickly becomes a love hate relationship. Indulge, and have some more? Or be responsible, and pass on seconds.
Every one of us has broken rules throughout our life. It is human nature. We are given boundaries, and we have to see how far outside of them we can safely go.