I stepped through the gate with the thought that the party would be no fun. How could I enjoy myself if I didn’t do drugs or drink, when everyone else around me would be gorging on both? Even worse, how could I keep myself from succumbing to the peer pressure that would undoubtedly surround and engulf me?
I entered the party, ducking under the puffs of weed smoke, past the beer pong table and grabbed a slice of pizza from the food table. Suddenly, I heard someone yell my name and turned around to see a group of my friends sitting at a table, inviting me over to hang out and just chill. Some of my friends were drinking of course, but the table was like a sanctuary to me, a place where I could hang out with my friends, laugh, talk, and mess around.
I walked in with all these preconceived notions and when I sat down, they were dispelled as quickly as they arose. Even though you can’t always avoid the drinking and drugs that happen at parties, talking or meeting up with a group of friends can be the perfect alternative. Hanging out with a group of guys who know you don’t mess around with stuff like drugs and alcohol, and can keep an eye out for you if things get out of hand is irreplaceable.
As the night went on, and people around us eventually got bored or burned out from the repetitions of beer pong, my friends and I only had more fun. We danced, talked, played basketball and just had a fun time. When the party ended there was no hangover, pain or worrying about parents we would have to deal with.
In all honesty, there’s not always a way to dodge alcohol and drugs when you hang out with other kids, but there’s no reason you can’t stay safe and still enjoy yourself if you want to stay sober.
And that is the TRUTH about parties.