I was hanging out with close friends last night at a local burger stand called Hopdoddys. I was having such a great time with my friends till the subject of parties came up.
That's where things turned awkward.
My best friends like to party. I don't. Because I am not a huge party fan, I asked my friend if he would take me back to my dorm. He agreed since he respected my views. My other friends, especially one, were not as nice to me. She began to tell me how we are only young once, which is why we should party and just enjoy life. She then added that these types of parties would give me great stories to tell my future children. To finish off this story quickly, she was peer-pressuring me to do something I didn't want to do.
I was being peer-pressured by my own friends.
Being peer-pressured by friends is more common than being peer-pressured by strangers. It's also harder to say no because they are like your second family. I would know. My friends are my only family here in Austin, and saying no to them can get quite hard. They beg and beg, which can get so annoying that you can't help say yes. Sometimes though, you have to say no. You have to stand up for your beliefs and your morals. You have to say no, thank you.
Don't be afraid to say no, Latinitas. If you feel uncomfortable about doing something or you just don't want to do it, do not be afraid to say no. If they were your true friends, they would understand that you don't want to do something. Sometimes, your friends might peer-pressure you, but stand your ground. DO NOT LET THEM CONVINCE YOU TO DO SOMETHING YOU DON'T WANT TO. It's your life, your choice. There's nothing wrong on saying no to the people you love and they should understand. If they do not, then they aren't your friends or don't care about your morals.
Then you should probably find new friends. Hopefully, if your friends do care about you, they will not mind that you say no to something. In fact, they might even respect you more.