I’m still here, actually continuing to follow the NaBloPoMo prompts for January. Today’s prompt is
Tell us about a time you bent to peer pressure.
According to Dictionary.com peer pressure is
social pressure by members of one’s peer group to take a certain action, adopt certain values, or otherwise conform in order to be accepted.
I try very hard not to bend to peer pressure and usually go my own way. However, there is that thought, in the back of your mind, that you may be missing out on something wonderful if you don’t give in.
When I was a lot younger, probably far too young so I won’t admit to the age, my sister, friends and I were persuaded to try smoking by a couple of older girls. This was back in the 70s and my friends’ parents smoked but my parents didn’t. I didn’t really want to try but, like I said I was very young, I did. Looking back, the fact that I didn’t want to try smoking probably had an effect on my reaction – I hated it! Also, being so young and the child of non-smokers, it would have been very difficult for me to start/carry on smoking back then. When all of my friends started smoking when we were in our teens, I could honestly say that I didn’t like it and not start just because everyone else did.