Pondering about the most important thing in life, some would say that it’s the good health which is of utmost importance while others would call wealth to be quintessential, on the other hand, some would emphasize on the family or career that should child immense importance in one’s life.
All these components are essential in one’s life but, in reality, its friendship which is integral to live a harmonious life as one can sail through every challenge which life throws, whether its poor health or low income, if a person has someone who is there to provide a support amidst bad times and with whom a person can be the way he or she is, without hesitation.
No one can survive in isolation, locked in one’s own shell, in order to advance in life everyone do require people with whom ideas can be shared, discussion can happen and with whom one can really enjoy every moment.
It is commonly believed that like minds become friends but in reality, it is the warm and open hearten dialogue, free of pretense that cherishes genuine friendship which is ever lasting.
Any and every difficulty seems surmountable with the support of a true friend whom a person can have faith on. A person alone can be broken despite his strong confidence but a group which is united That is why, ‘friendship’ is considered as a ‘treasure’ and therefore, it’s truly said , ‘ United we Stand, Divided we Fall.‘
But what if, this friendship becomes a pressure and generates stress, what if, this friendship is forcing me to do something out of one’s wish or become someone who one doesn’t wish to be. Can we really call it a ‘friendship??’ This is something experienced by the teenagers and the youth in present times.
They are forced to do certain things just to look ‘cool’ whether it’s giving them genuine happiness or not is not a concern. Youth give in to such coercion just to be a part of the ‘cool group’ despite knowing that such acts are causing harm and worry to their parents.
This is exactly what is called as ‘Peer Pressure.’ Youth are indulging into various harmful acts like cigarette smoking, consuming alcohol, driving rashly only because of peer pressure. Unfortunately, they are not aware that peers with who they can’t enjoy being themselves and who don’t support then in polishing the best in them, don’t really act as true friends.
The question which arises now is how to help our teenagers and youth in getting out of this peer pressure. The only way is the help from their parents. Youth is swayed away by the desire to be ‘cool’, so parents should spend more quality time with them and generate confidence in then by making them know that they are the best the way they are. They need not to be someone else.
By making them aware of this fact, parents can greatly help the youth to free themselves from the clutches of peer pressure and help them to focus on making true friends who help them in releasing their stress and pressure rather than generating the same in them.