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    The New Peer Pressure

    Remember when you were in school and your friends would pressure you to do something you didn’t really want to do? Maybe something you knew you shouldn’t do? Smoke? Drink? Cheat? Fight? Back then, it was called peer pressure, when a majority of your peers pressure you into doing what they think is cool. I fell into many peer pressure pitfalls in my youth. Nothing too drastic, but I did get into trouble on occasion. After I exited high school and entered the ‘real world’, I figured all of that was behind me. Then came my young adult years, when everybody and their mother wanted me to drink. Or have…

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    Black Sheep

    Most people recognize them by the way they do things – or rather, don’t do things. They don’t conform. They march to their own drum beat. They attempt what has been declared to be impossible. They are the black sheep. When I was growing up, the term ‘black sheep’ was considered derogatory. It meant that you didn’t fit in with society. You were too different to be included. You were the square peg when all that was required of you was to fit in a circular hole. In some instances, you were the ugly duckling of the group. But as I’ve grown, I’ve come to take the term ‘black sheep’…