As my first post, I decided to write about a pretty hard subject for some people: peer pressure.

I myself struggle with this, so I thought it would be a good way to start.

Peer pressure can come in two ways: good and bad. Most people assume that peer pressure is always bad, but that is not the case.

Bad peer pressure is the type where, let’s say, a group of people dare you to cross the highway. Good peer pressure is just the opposite. Really simple, right?

I tend to follow along with the crowd, attempting to please the people around me, but end up regretting all of my actions. I still am working on being the only fish that doesn’t swim with the others, and it is most definitely hard, but that doesn’t mean it is impossible.

Being different than everyone else is difficult, I admit, but being able to look back and tell yourself you did the right thing is worth it.

I set goals for myself; things that I strive towards. Once I have set them, I don’t break them, no matter what others are saying.

It is still hard, but it gets easier to stand out. For me, one thing that makes it easier, is knowing that I am pleasing my Lord God. He is what matters, not other’s opinions.

So the next time someone is pushing you to do something you know is not right, don’t let yourself fall into that endless circle of wanting to please others. That doesn’t mean, though, that you shouldn’t try to please others. Only look at the circumstances and decide whether it is the right thing to do.

-Brooke

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