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Teen Voice - 10/14/2012

Peer Pressure
updated: Oct 13, 2012, 3:00 PM

By Kelsey Abkin

It seems when it comes down to it that people will do what they want to do. You can attempt to convince them, however, a mind that doesn't want to change is deemed immutable. I learned this from a friend, a best friend, who went from everything to a complete stranger. Our friendship did not end with resentment from either parties, it was simply that her path led one way, and mine the other.

It seems that a difference in morality between two people is enough to end even the closest relationships. There is a time in every person's life when they have to choose between their inner conscience and their outside desires. When you think of peer pressure, it's natural to imagine the cliche scenario, girl at a party offered alcohol by older boy and timidly accepts. However, peer pressure doesn't usually follow this cliche. From this same friend, I learned that the hardest peer pressure to refuse comes from those you love and respect.

It's easy to look a stranger in the eye and deny them, but refusing the people you care most for is where the real challenge lies. While I did regret my decision at first because her life was filled with the meaningless bliss of short-lived moments, I soon came to realize that these were only temporary. What would last forever would be the aptitude to stick to your own morals.


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