“Would you jump off a bridge if your friends did it?” Typical mother guilt-ridden question. The expected answer is obviously, “No, I wouldn’t and mother knows best.” On this post, I want to convince you that doing something just because your friends are doing it is actually a good idea. Keep reading!
I grew up in Mexico City, as I’ve shared many times on this blog. We lived in a middle class suburban area and I attended a bilingual school from grades 4-9th and a Catholic high school after that. Then I went to a small public college for a degree in Special Education. I wasn’t highly popular in school, but I always had two or three good friends throughout those years. Of course we wanted to be cool and do what the cool popular kids did. That’s the main reason why I did certain things that were out of character for me. I pulled out cheat notes during a test (even though I was an A student) and started or joined little clique clubs to criticize those who were not as cool. I even tried getting Bs instead of As so I wouldn’t be considered a nerd… In high school and early years of college I would go out with friends and come home half hour past my curfew (yeah, I was WILD!) because I wanted to be cool and show my parents who was boss.
As an adult, I’ve done things just because my friends do them. I attended a retreat called Christian Experience Weekend, or CEW and met some of the most fantastic people I know. I joined a MOPS group (Mothers of Preschoolers), where my friends learned how to be better moms and wives. My husband and I joined our local Worldwide Marriage Encounter Community, where husbands and wives learn how to have awesome marriages. I am part of a Salad Lunch club at work where we bring healthy veggies and share a meal once a week.
In my professional life, I do things just because my friends do them. I listen to podcasts like EntreLeadership, This is Your Life, and In the Loop. I read authors like Jim Collins, John Maxwell, Seth Godin, Michael Hyatt, Dave Ramsey and Andy Andrews. I comment on blogs and write this blog… just because my friends do it too.
As you can see, I’ve gotten smarter about choosing the right friends. And I think my friends are pretty cool.
Do you have cool friends that make you do all kinds of things?
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