Saying ‘No’

It’s okay to say no.

People do a lot of things out of pressure or without passion or just without any drive. When you do that, there’s no love in it and you can come out hating something that you only ever disliked. You do not have to agree to every plan made or discussed with your friends. You do not have to feel obligated to do them. But at the same time, you do not need to be rude about it. Politely decline and if you feel like they are just pushing you, be firm about your decision.

That is not to say that you should say ‘no’ to everything. Try new adventures, new food, meet new people if these things are something that you are willing to try and slowly challenge yourself. You never know what you might end up liking. But if there’s something that you strongly do not feel like being put in that position, say ‘no’. I usually try most new things at least once. Sometimes I find something I like or sometimes I’m just proven right.

If you feel like you need to do those things to be accepted by your friends, that’s not right. They should respect you and your decisions. There’s good peer pressure (like trying that spicy food) and bad peer pressure (like forcing you to take that rollercoaster ride even though you’re incredibly scared). Take tiny steps to overcome fears is encouraged. Good friends will understand.

What do you think?

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