As a teenager in today’s world, I see that our lives our a constant product of peer pressure and that our minds are often swayed from what may be considered better judgment because of how those around us feel. Peer pressure can come from any and everywhere and in every aspect of your life. You can be five or ninety-five but yet, we are all victims of peer pressure. I would like to talk about some areas of this, sometimes too often-dreadful thing that we call peer pressure.
In our lives today, we are convinced that drugs, alcohol, sex, and things of that aspect are all right but only as long as that is what everyone else is doing. I am not going to sit here and throw stones at those who have made their life choices because I am not perfect. All I can say is like the great author, Ralph Waldo Emerson said in his essay, Self-Reliance, “Man is his own star; and the soul that can
Render an honest and a perfect man,
Commands all light, all influence, all fate;
Nothing to him falls early or too late.
Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still."
With these wise words, I think that Emerson was on to something. He seemed to have known what life was going to be like when he wrote those words. In my eyes, I think that was his way of telling us to be who we were made to be and not who every one else wants us to be. In this piece, he mentions how our fatal shadows walk by us still, and if you think about that then you will see how true that is. Every decision in life that we make will follow us to the grave. We were given free will and by that we have the will to mess up. Emerson saw that even then in the early 1840s because he had to deal with the same thing that us, as human being have to endure. Things may have changed since then but the affect that our peer...