To the “Good Kids”

Do you want to know something? Beer smells really bad. I’m not 100% sure why anyone would want to drink something that smells that bad. But, to each his own, that’s not the point I’m trying to get across.

In a mere three months I am turning the ripe old age of nineteen, and when I was little nineteen always scared me. It’s this weird age that you’re an adult but you’re also still a teenager, and you’re able to make your own decisions, and you’re in college, and, and, and. . .

And quite a few things are expected of you that some just don’t feel comfortable with.

People expect you to have experience with parties, and drinking, and relationships, and so many other aspects of life that seem, at least to me, like they should have a slower progression.

I’m not one to judge someone’s life decisions, so if you fall into that “experienced” category, good for you! That’s awesome, you just keep on living your life how you think fit.

But I’m here to talk to the kids like me. I’m here to talk to the kids that have always been rule followers, that don’t have any interest in drinking alcohol, and that would rather stay in and watch a movie while a huge party is taking place a few blocks away.

To those kids: I know how it is. I know how awkward it is to be sober in a room full of drunk people, I know how it feels to be dragged into doing something that could potentially get you in trouble, and I know how lame you might feel while you scroll through those party pictures on Instagram while you’re on the couch in your fuzzy pajama pants.

I know what it’s like to be ridiculed for being a “goody-goody” or being “too innocent to understand,” both of which have actually been said to me within the past year.

Trust me, I know how you feel.

As I’m about to enter my freshman year of college, though, I’ve made a decision. I’m not going to let people walk all over me because of my choices. I’m going to trust my instinct, I’m not going to let people pressure me into doing what I do not want to do, and I’m going to keep having movie nights on Fridays because I can!!

You’re not uncool because you’re a “good kid,” you’re awesome for standing up for your choices even when they don’t match the majority. Don’t ever let someone tell you that being innocent, or modest, or sober, or any other word that you are is not “cool.” Just remember that if someone has nothing else on you besides making fun of you for being a “good kid,” you’re not the one with the problem.

Keep hanging out in the library, and drinking lemonade, and watching Frozen every weekend, good kids.

Beer smells bad anyway. 😉


By laurenstockam

Lauren is a graduate student at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.

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