This is Digby Pancake. I look up to my big brother Peanut Butter Brickle. Mainly because he’s much taller than me.
But I also look to Brickle for protection.
I look to Brickle to teach me stuff.
So when he decided to start running from Girl Person when she’s trying to put us in the car, well, I thought it must be the thing to do. After all, Brickle doesn’t put forth much effort unless it’s for something good. And so. Well. I decided to copy him.
At first, Girl Person was amused with Brickle’s antics. Until it started snowing. Until she got her shoes wet. Until she had to start the car, stop the car, and get out again. At first I thought Brickle was ridiculous. But the more I watched him, the more I wanted to be like him.
Have you ever felt like that? Everyone else seems to be having fun. And maybe you know that they aren’t necessarily doing good things to have the fun. But you want to have fun too. And even though you know you shouldn’t, you copy them. Just to make sure you aren’t missing out.
You may think only young persons have to deal with peer pressure. But not only do older people have to deal with it too, they have added pressure from themselves not to miss out. They have added pressure from themselves to be better. Yet most of the time, they just follow. When will they learn?
Because you see, when I copied Brickle’s antics, I realized it was much warmer to sit in the car and ride than to run from Girl Person. I realized we would get home faster for breakfast if I didn’t run. And yet, I had to learn the hard way.
Doggy see, doggy do. It doesn’t have to be like that.
If we all think for ourselves and do what we know is right, the only one we will please may be ourselves. But isn’t that who counts?