When we get out of high school and/or college we think we will no longer succumb to peer pressure. News flash we still do. At least most people do that I know. I’m not talking major life altering things. I’m talking about little things that we do to get people to back off and leave us alone about things. So what kind of things am I talking about? A big social issue for me is alcohol. I am not a big fan of alcohol. Not because I have a moral objection to it but because I really don’t like it. I don’t like the taste most of the time. Plus if I am going to drink my calories and sugar I prefer it to be in the form of a milkshake. Just sayin.
I found that it makes people uncomfortable if I decline a drink! I’ve been on several lunch dates with friends where they have said “Oh you don’t drink so I can’t have one either”. Well why not? I didn’t tell you that you couldn’t have a drink. You don’t feel the need to eat the same food as me so why do we need to have the same drinks? I’ll occasionally have some to get people off my back and I always think why the heck did I do that, I don’t even want it! It would be nice to say no thank you and have it end there. However, it rarely does end there. Maybe instead of saying I don’t like the taste I should say I’m allergic instead.
As I was talking to Ryan about this I realized if I continue to give in how can I expect my kids to stay strong and not bow to peer pressure even when I find myself occasionally doing it. I’m not judging you (much) for drinking so don’t judge me (much) for my lack of drinking. I’m not saying I never drink but most of the time I prefer not too. Cheers my friends whether it be water (my choice), beer, wine, margaritas or whatever else floats your boat!