Kaitlyn's Relationship Story


I conquered my fear of saying no... and the peer pressure

I got caught up in the wrong crowd. I thought that doing things with guys was the only way to get people to like me because my "friends" had sex with guys and all of their older guy friends liked them. I just wanted to be part of the crowd. I didn't want to be left out. A good friend of mine helped me realize that I didn't need to have sex, smoke, and drink for people to like me and not everyone was doing it, just those people that I was hanging around with. But when I finally realized that I wanted out and I didn't want to be part of these things, I felt that it was too late to get out. I felt stuck in the situation. What if my old friends didn't want me back as a friend because they thought that I did those things too? Who would I have to turn to? It took a lot of courage to stand up to them and admit to my mistakes.

Today was the best day of my life because I told them that I would no longer hang out with them and be their friend and I did not want to be part of the things they were doing. My old friends took me back as a friend, and they know what happened and how I felt. The friends I went back to were there for me, and they didn't pressure me into things I didn't want to do. They were my real friends.

I finally conquered something - myself and my fear of saying no - and most important of all - peer pressure. I have finally realized that I don't need to give in to people who tell me they're doing what's best for me and I should do it because they are. I've realized that if they were doing what was best for me, they wouldn't be pressuring me. They would respect my values and that I don't want to do drugs and have sex.

Stories From Teens Dealing With Relationship Issues.


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