It's scary, being the odd one out. The one who sees things differently. The one who dares to be different. Why do we all strive to be the same? Wouldn't life be boring if we were?
From early age, we follow the crowd. It's easier, less hassle. It's how crazes start. It's how addictions start.
I don't really remember my actual first drink or the actual first time I was really drunk. I do have vague memories of drinking to excess at parties but not really enjoying how it made me feel. I certainly had my first cigarette to 'fit in'. If I'm honest, I didn't really like either enough to ever want to do it again but you just do, because 'that's what everyone else does'.
It's a brave decision to venture out on your own. Most people admire you for having the strength to do it but some can be negative, usually because they don't have the strength themselves. People are curious, inquisitive as to whether it might be a better decision to leave the herd. Some people have been waiting forever for you to make the break so that they can come with you and ultimately won't be alone.
There's strength in numbers, it's true. But you seriously don't know how many others feel the same as you unless you have the strength to break free, to be who you truly want to be.
So be the game changer. Be the leader of the pack rather than the lost sheep at the back. What have you got to lose? A few unsupportive friends? An expensive habit? Nights you barely remember anyway?
In fact, you only have everything to gain. New friends who are inspired by you and want to be in your gang. Your health, your wealth, your sanity.
Be the game changer. It will be the best thing you ever did. Fact.