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via: – Sami Cone

I’m sure all of us can remember a myriad of catchphrases we overheard our parents chastise us with over and over again as we were growing up, but perhaps none more than “If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?”374779-040

Perhaps it sounded a little different in your family. Maybe something like:

  • If your friends said a bad word, would you?
  • If your friends stole, would you?
  • If your friends drank alcohol, would you?
  • If your friend lied, would you cover up for them?

Really, there are infinite possibilities that we could fill the blank with, but it all revolves around the timeless dilemma of peer pressure.

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And if we’re being really honest with ourselves, that trend doesn’t get much easier with age.

Even as adults, it’s easy to fall prey to “keeping up with the Joneses” and having everything look good on the outside even if we are falling apart on the inside.

I recently had a talk around this subject with my preteen and had to face the fact that my words were falling on fairly deaf ears. As I swallowed my pride, I stepped back to realize I needed a new source of wisdom to convey my thoughts to my child. In that moment, three words popped in my head:

Don’t. Fit. In.

The simplicity of the statement seemed almost absurd. After all, don’t most of us live our entire lives trying to fit in?


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