Peers are people who belong to the same age or social group and peer pressure is the pressure under which a person does things because of the influence of peers or to get acceptance or seek validation from peers.
Have you done things under peer pressure? Sometimes, you start imitating your peers and start to look, dress, talk, and behave like them. You start doing things that they do and copying their lifestyle. When you start imitating others, you lose your identity and originality. Don’t be a copycat. Be original. Be you.
Sometimes, you do certain things just because your peers are also doing that. You feel that if you don’t do that, what they will think about you? Sometimes, you start doing certain things just to get acceptance or seek validation from others. You start feeling that if you don’t do things that your peers are doing, it will make you inferior to them. Inferiority complex creeps in you. Don’t do anything to get acceptance or seek validation from others. Don’t do anything unwillingly or forcefully under the influence or pressure of others. Do what you like.
Sometimes, you don’t express your real feelings and opinions, just because you fear being mocked, criticized, or disliked by your peers. Don’t worry about what they will think about you. Don’t try to please them. Don’t worry about their disagreement. Remember that you can’t keep everyone happy and not everyone will agree with you and that’s okay. Don’t refrain from expressing your feelings and opinions because of others. Express yourself freely.
Don’t do anything just because most people are doing it. It’s not necessary that what most people are doing is always right.
Don’t compare yourself with others. Always remember, the life of everyone is different. Everyone has grown up in different circumstances and the life experiences of everyone are different. Everyone has different likes and dislikes. Everyone has different interests and priorities in life. It’s not necessary that what suits others, suits you too. It’s not necessary that what others like, you like it too. It’s not necessary that what is right for others will be right for you too. Don’t do anything under peer pressure.
It’s your life, live it in your way.