Peer pressure is not just for teen-agers. The ugly face of peer-pressure will follow us
all to the grave, by those who want us to go in a different direction with our lives. So,
set your goals for yourself, and don't let anyone get in your way to reaching your goals and your dreams.
One of the proudest things I've done in my lifetime is to stay away from drugs! And, in the year 2006, I'm 61 years young, and I lived through the drug culture of the 1960's and survived. A few years ago, I heard a band member of one of the top bands of the '60's say, "If you remember the 60's...you were not there!"
Well...to this dope head, I say...I was there in the 60's, and I remember most of what went on. I wasn't all screwed up like him and like so many people were back then! To this day, I have never seen a marijuana cigarette; LSD; yellows; reds; uppers; downers, etc. Many people got involved in drugs, in my view, because of
peer-pressure to a large degree. Call me a square; call me a cube...call me a sissy...sticks and stones...but please don't call me late for dinner!
* Self-Confidence: For me, it all starts with self-confidence, which I think is one of the most important words in the dictionary. I've been in the humor business most of my life, and because of this, I have never had a problem making friends, etc. As soon as I make somebody laugh...I have a new friend. But, in attracting people, I also attrack the mis-fits, and then I have to find a way to get rid of them! The self-confidence I have in myself, gives me the opportunity to say NO to people I don't want around me.
* Drugs: When I was in the Air Force (on our side), some of my friends got discharged before I did, and some of them went straight to the college life and the drug culture of the 1960's. At that time, I had to decide if I would have them as friends, or if I would go my own way and find other friends, etc. The decision was easy...I decided to find other friends and go my own way. I wasn't looking for anybody to ruin my life!
* Alcohol: Over the past decade or so, I have been laid off from SIX jobs, all for legitimate reasons, such as defense cuts; companies closing, etc. So, I have had a lot of stress and depression in my life for a long time. So, during this time, how was I going to repair the problem with my mental state? Was the answer in a bottle? Was the answer in drugs? Was the answer in a cigarette? I think not and I chose none of the above! All of these things make matters worse! So, I said NO to all of them, and I had to find the answers to my problems elsewhere. Why would I want to ruin my life?
After my sixth job loss, I was down in the dumps, and I had fallen on hard times and needed help. Because I'm a veteran, I learned about a program at the VA, which helps veterans get back on their feet. I lived at the VA Medical Center, and there were 15 veterans, down on their luck, who lived there and were in the program. The other 14 veterans were there because of substance abuse except me. One day, during a general discussion (House meeting), I told the group that, when it came to alcohol, I had and still have my "one beer policy." If I go to a function of any kind, I have one beer...and that's it! I then switch to another drink like a soft drink or coffee or something else!