“Advice Perfetta: Societal Pressure"

Question: A lot of times I find myself getting stressed because of societal pressure. Examples include parents constantly asking when I’m getting married and having kids, or feeling like my life should be different based on my friend’s lives, etc. How should I handle this??

Dear Reader,

For as long as human beings have existed, so have societal pressures.

When it comes to parents, just know that you are not alone here. There is a reason that at some point you’ve probably seen the parent characters in a movie ask 'when are you gonna settle down, get married and give me grandchildren?!’ It’s that common! My advice there is to put a little less stock in their request. Try not to let it stress you out, and take it a bit less seriously. Parents are nearly hardwired to hound you over this, but you need to live your life according to what makes the most sense for you.

As far as friends go, this could swing in any direction. Your friends could be pressuring you to go out more, or to stay in more, to change your life like they are; anything. While stepping out of your comfort zone can end up being rewarding, again, I recommend you do what is best for you. Friends who don’t respect your positive life choices or are pressuring you too much are not really your friends.

Hope that helps! Till next time…

-Advice Perfetta