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."
"Try this drug because see how it hit me" This is just an example of how the youth of now live. 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. Today, we are very educated about sex and the consequences of having sex but once again there is the image on TV, in magazines, on the radio, etc. 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. First, I would like to talk about peer pressure dealing with drugs and alcohol. Next, I want to talk about the sexual aspects of peer pressure. wise words, I think that Emerson was on to something. Then when a woman gets pregnant, after knowing that birth control andor condoms are not completely effective, she decides that she was never adult enough to raise a child so because of the influence of her peers and those surrounding her, she decides to abort her unborn child. He seemed to have known what life was going to be like when he wrote those words. I have learned through people I have went to school with or even known my whole life that just because someone says it looks good andor tastes good that we are prone to try it because of what one of our peers think. 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. Nobody was made into perfection but we have a choice on which road to take, as the author Robert Frost said in his wonderful poem, The Road Not Taken:Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth;Then took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claim,Because it was grassy and wanted wear;Though as for that the passing thereHad worn them really about the same,And both that morning equally layIn leaves no step had trodden black. The reason I say both of these is because they go together hand in hand. that makes us think that sex is all right and that things cant happen if you are protected.