Never let anyone make you do things which you do not want to do. I have been subject to it in my earlier years and I’m sure a lot of you have probably been subject to it at one stage in your life.
There are many downfalls to being the victim of peer pressure. One major one is that you will be led away from doing things you actually want to do. When you follow your friends into doing something you don’t want to do, you take away the passion and the desire to take part in activities which you like yourself.
The worst thing about peer pressure is that it gets dressed up so nicely by your friends; “Oh, come on, it’ll only be 5 minutes” etc. This allows you to give in and it makes it seem like it is not a big thing but in the long run, it can be hugely detrimental and can lead you astray.
If your friends are shoplifting or doing drugs and you do not want to go down that path, then simply say no. You know deep down inside what it is you want to do and so you should follow that gut instinct when it comes to these kinds of situations. Be prepared for your friends not to agree with you the first time but you must push back and tell them why it is you do not want to get involved. If they are really your friends, then they will understand.
This mentality extends to the classroom and in life also. Do not conform just for the sake of it. Think about what you want to do and how you want to live your life so that you can be at your happiest. If there is something which everyone else is doing but you don’t think it will have any benefits for you, then why do it? Think about yourself and what it is you want from life.
Peer pressure can come in many different scenarios so keep an eye out when you think peer pressure is involved. The best thing I can say is that if you are not happy doing something, then do not do it for the sake of your reputation or whatever it may be. Stick to your true self and everyone will respect you all the more for it.