Just Do It?

Let’s face it.

We humans are decision-making animals.

How many toppings on the pizza tonight?

To watch American Idol or the documentary on the History Channel..Hmm.

What color do I want my hair this year, this week…today.


What to wear..what to wear…what to wear…

Which runs to ski…the intermediate or the expert?..Yikes.


Peer Pressure.
How much do we wish to maintain our own “identity” and how much do we long to “fit in with the group.”

Did ya ever have friends or family try to convince you to doing something that ya don’t want to do. Or perhaps, you just thought you didn’t want to…or maybe deep down..ya really did want to..or ..or….

What if ya cave in due to good ole “peer pressure”?

Is there such as thing as “good” peer pressure?

Seems like many family members and friends have this er…propensity.. to think that they know what is best for ya, and sometimes they offer their opinions and nudgings whether they’re wanted or not.

Good peer pressure seems to work when family or friends convince you not to do something you were going to do because it truly wasn’t in your best interest after all, or to do something ya simply lacked the confidence and courage to do.

But why do we “give in” to these gentle or not so gentle proddings?

Is it because..
we want to be liked..
we want to “fit in”..
we worry that we might be made fun of if we don’t go along with the “group”…

Or could it be that we are genuinely curious to try something new that the gang is doing…or did we need that extra cajoling and gentle elbowing…

I used to be the hot dog of the fam and blaze the trail down all the Expert Trails no matter what mountain we were on, or how steep.


Got injured a few times..(not only skiing mind you!) ..and became a tad more cautious in recent years.


Well, seems like the ski boot is on the other foot and the fam is now pokin and jabbin at me to do the (scarey), steeeeeeeeep, expert trails.

O.K. I caved in and did some t’day.

Thank the good Lord, I lived to tell the tale. Heh.


Can peer pressure sometimes be good?
Heck yea.

What say y’all bout it……..
Are ya pulling the strings of your own life..or are ya lettin others “nudge” you in certain directions.


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17 Responses to “Just Do It?”

  1. GUNZ says:

    I’m pretty much VERY independent by design and even Ebyjo gets all over me over my non conforming personality. No, I’m one that won’t cave in to peer pressure. As a former Marine I’ll always live by the motto: Lead, Follow, or get the Hell out of the way… I choose to lead and my peers can rub some dirt on it if I’m the party pooper. Semper Fi.

  2. Layla says:

    One has to be a pretty insecure person to let what society dictates rule their life. Eat what you want, dress how you want–moderation is the key here and the heck with the rest! Boy to think how many people let others, be it friends, TV, fashion magz, whatever dictate how they live their life. Who needs ASK ABBY!!!!???? Use your own common sense or drown!

  3. Perri Nelson says:

    Mostly I don’t worry about peer pressure. It used to affect me a great deal, but as time went by I started dropping the peers that pressured me.

    Now most of my peer pressure comes from family. For the most part I’m resistant, but then the pressure rises.

    You can’t reasonably expect to drop the peers when they’re your family though.

  4. KKarLLmMm says:

    The key Angel is, who is the peer and what is the pressure…
    If the action has “all good” written over it……JUST DO IT!!!!!!
    and enjoy it to the max….

  5. Gayle says:

    You went down the “expert” run??!!! Well, congratulations hon and Kudos for you! Not me… I’d get killed deader than a doornail because I ski about as well as a pig flies, so I’ll go down the expert trails when pigs fly! :)

    As for peer pressure, it’s like I tell my daughter. Don’t go along with the crowd just to fit in. It’s a sure way to get into trouble! Do what you know is right. Down deep you know the difference between what is right and what is wrong. The only “peer pressure” you should follow is the pressure I put on you, but it’s not really “peer pressure” because I’m your Mom and not one of your peers.

    Somehow she’s not confused.

  6. Maggie M. Thornton says:

    Hi Angel, this is a good subject. I think I’ve been blessed with a high sense of my own comfort level. Because of it, there are probably things I have not done, but also because of it, there are things I knew I should try – I did – and was glad I did.

    Having said that, yep! I’m a control freak. I do not like being out of control (read that as “in the control of someone else”).

    Maggie’s Notebook

  7. nanc says:

    no, definitely not! after all my trips to tahoe over a 15-20 year period – i remained the perfect lodge bunny and didn’t receive one single bruise, nor nick. no, i do not cave to peer pressure, or perhaps i’ve yet to meet a peer with a stronger will than i?

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  10. Debbie says:

    I don’t generally cave to peer pressure. I’m with Maggie, I like control over myself. But, on the other hand, I’ve been told by many that I’m ‘too nice’. Does that mean I cave in? Oh my, I hope not.

    Glad yo had fun on the slopes.

  11. cube says:

    It’s important that the people pressuring you have your best interests in mind. We can all use a little push now & then, but only if it’s for our own good.

  12. American Crusader says:

    I allowed myself to be talked into bungee jumping. It was something I had wanted to do but needed a little prodding before making the leap. A onetime event…
    Peer pressure is basically neutral…what counts is if those applying the pressure are looking out for your best interest.

  13. Angel says:

    Now I feel pressured to comment!..ha :)

  14. benning says:

    Peer pressure may have been hard to resist when I was younger, but not anymore. The same goes for Family pressure. I’m old enough to think things through and decide for myself.

    ‘Sides, I make enough dimwitted mistakes all by my lonesome!

  15. Brooke says:

    Well, I’m glad you lived to tell the tale, and don’t have a cast for us to sign!

  16. michael says:

    Yup, those are some tough decisions. My last hard one was: Drink rum or whiskey for Purim?

    I chose both, and kept reading “Zeresh ishti” from the megillah. Ah, well….

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