ATTENTION TEENAGERS: ‘NO’IS A COMPLETE SENTENCE

Few weeks back, we discussed on various interests and fields of choice that the freshers can take up as emerging career options. The beginning of monsoons have begun most of the academic years, new colleges, new surroundings, new guides and new PEERS.

This week on talk back Thursday, we would like to bring to the limelight something which everyone of us has faced at some point or the other, many youngsters are facing right now and that many would face in the days to come, Peer pressure.

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We know its almost the most common topic that we discuss and hear about but we really felt the need to talk about it at the very beginning of  an academic year where we all are set to make new friends and peers around us.

It’s a fact that fitting in and being part of a group is part of life. Be it at school times, college days or anywhere for that matter, we have our own set of people with whom we share a bond with. If not that, at some or other point we are made to work as a team though it is for individual development, not every team made has similar outcomes.

There are many positive examples of how peer influence can make a person grow and develop new skills but also we can’t deny the negative side of peer pressure .One explanation of why peer pressure is so powerful is that people want to be loved and accepted by others. It is easier to be influenced to do things that you wouldn’t normally do if you’re in a crowd. The idea that “everyone else is doing it so why shouldn’t I?” can make sensible people behave in strange ways.

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Making decisions on your own is hard enough, but when other people get involved and try to pressure you one way or another, it can be even harder.
Peer pressure can be really good if it allows you to do new things that are productive enough and if that let’s an individual to explore new avenues and potentials. But on the other hand if the same peer pressure lets you do things that are against your morals or things that you know would push you into circumstances that won’t be good, one must learn to say a NO.

It is tough to be the only one who says no to peer pressure, but you can do it. Giving importance and respecting your own feelings and beliefs about what is right and wrong can help you know the right thing to do. Inner strength and self-confidence can help you stand firm, walk away, and resist doing something when you know better.

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It takes one person to initiate something and if that’s really something good, you’ll soon have a huge number standing with you. Let that one be you. There maybe few others in your own group or around you who also think just the way you do but don’t find the courage to stand up against the wrong. It’s great to have friends with values similar to yours who will back you up when you don’t want to do something.

“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”
― Bruce Lee

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These are our thoughts, we would love to know yours! Leave a comment below sharing your experience on peer pressure or leave a suggestion if you think we missed something! Also let us know what you want to discuss on the next Talk Back Thursday.

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