All through high school my mom kept telling me stories about how she followed the crowd when she was in high school just so she would be accepted. She told me about her friends who only let her date who they approved of, and the boyfriend who wanted to run her life for her. She told me all this, hoping to teach me not to do things to be accepted in the popular crowd. But my mom never really understood that I was never like her. Not that way. I don't do things because others do it, and I don't do things to get a reaction out of others either. I am who I am.
If my friends like the things I got into then great, more stuff for us to share in common, if not, oh well they still love me, not big deal. I think when it comes to choosing friends, I fared much better than my mother when she was in high school. I never felt judged by my friends even though I found myself interested in many different things that my friends had never heard of. We were all so different from each other, but that was okay.
I know my mother means well when she tries to give me that advice, but I'm not a repeat of her younger self. I know who I am. I am open minded, I try new things, and if something feels wrong I steer clear of it. I am me, I like what I like, I act how I act. No one can change that.