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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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