This week I learned about peer pressure

When we talk about peer pressure the most common instance we’re referring to is teenagers or tweens about to, no doubt, make poor life decisions. But peer pressure isn’t something that leaves us the moment we graduate from high school. Peer pressure follows us throughout our adult lives, and nothing makes it more prevalent than a holiday celebration.

Happy Easter.

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This week I learned some friends are forever

There’s a famous quote from Karl Marx that says:

“Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through.”

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This week I learned about facing your fears

Note: It’s taken me more than seven hours to stop procrastinating and write this post today. It’s the most personal account of my life I’ve ever shared online.

Body image.

From the moment we are little girls – or boys – we’re conditioned to believe what we will look like in our adult lives. Whether it’s perfect Barbie with her non-proportioned breasts and waist size, bulky Ken with his plastic six pack and fake buns, celebrities, models or sports players, from a very young age we strive to be beautiful.

Of course there is often such outcry against the impact of sexualised advertisements on young children, sexualising role model figures for kids and the effect that teaching a child only about beauty can have on their self esteem. We are a world that cries for people to love who they are and embrace that it’s the beauty on the inside that counts.

But sometimes we use these reasons, and indeed excuses, to support our own denial.

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This week I learned about the politics of personal

From the moment we start kindergarten we’re told to ignore the bullies.

We’re taught not to call people names and to retaliate with sing-song mantras – crying “sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me” – even as we try to stifle the tears from playground abuse.

The Government’s ‘No Way’ campaign helps tackle bullying in our schools, while the AFP investigates what people say and do online. Here in Victoria we even have ‘Brodie’s Law’, protecting employees and employers from harassment in the workplace.

The message here is clear; the Australian government is against verbal and physical bullying.

So why is it that politicians and those is power are often the ones to set such a bad example for generations to come?

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