Sometimes, flying alone is the key.
Have you ever been asked to do something that just didn’t feel right? Giving into peer pressure can hurt your sense of self awareness and self-respect. In these types of instances, some people will try to convince you to do something you would not necessarily do on your own accord. The suggested task makes you feel some sort of way that may or may not be immediately explained. Whatever it is that is asked of you usually comes from someone else’s agenda. And it might not be a positive agenda at that. The task or event might be something they were pressured into and don’t want to go it alone. For your own sake, don’t do it. The pressure you feel is precisely why they call it Peer Pressure.
Now, you may be tempted at first, especially if approached by a friend, but don’t give in. Chances are, those who ask you to do something against your nature are only involved in themselves and their own reasons (self-centered). And for that, they will not miss you if you decide not to go ahead with their wishes. Remember, you never have to give in to any situation in which you do not feel comfortable. In the future, you may have to re-evaluate your friends.
It is when you break free from giving into the pressures of others is when you have reached the threshold of maturity and integrity. You are becoming your true self.
Trusting your gut , which is what you should probably do in cases of peer pressure, actually has medical research to back it up. We have millions of neuronal cells – normally confined to the brain and spinal column – in our gut. So when your gut’s telling you not to do something, pay attention!
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Yes, Brain an Guts are connected! Thank you, Cynde!
Firsst of all I would like tto say superb blog!
I hadd a quick question that I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
I was curiouhs to find out how you center yourself annd clear your thoughts before writing.
I have had difficulty clearing my mind inn getting my thoughts out.
I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost just trying to figure out how too begin. Any suggestions orr hints?
I appreciate your question.
One of the first things that I do is sit quietly. If I have a hard time with this, I will close everything off. Even though it seems like a weird thing to do, I learned this from Zen Bones, Zen Flesh. I close my mouth and eyes, and with my fingers will close my ears and nose after taking a deep breath. In this space, there is nothing but me. I become present in that moment. It’s like turning off the switch to the outside world. If I need to stay there, I exhale and take another breath until I can crowd out the thoughts. Then I write freely without worrying about what I say. I let the stream of consciousness flow. I put that away for a while. I go back to it and weed out the extra stuff I don’t need.
Very nice article. I certainly appreciate this site. Thanks!
Thank you, Erna. 🙂