For any kids who are straightedge and having a tough time, a few days ago my friend told me something about peer pressure that I feel like others should hear: peer pressure isn’t always the stuff you see in those videos that your health teacher shows you, the whole “hey dude you gotta try this weed come on just fucking do it” or “bro you’re being so fuckin lame just get drunk with us come on” thing. Most of the time, peer pressure is everyone around you talking about how they’re gonna get wasted next weekend, It’s people planning to smoke and get high around you, it’s being surrounded by drunk people in a dorm room as the only sober person. In those cases, other people aren’t pressuring you into it, and the people around you doing that stuff probably aren’t bad people. But if you’re anything like me, being in those situations and not partaking eventually makes you feel guilty, like you’re being the one that no one likes in the group, and you feel like you have to start drinking or getting high just to fit in with everyone else.
I just wanted to let you know that in those situations, you don’t have to drink. You don’t have to do something that goes against what you want to do just to fit in. I assure you, your friends don’t think any less of you for it, and if they do they’re shit friends, and you should leave them and surround yourself with people who make you happy.