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<div class="ExternalClass21CFFF7BEEB440A49B53E4ECCD01608C"><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">I’m regretting a lot of the decisions I’ve made in the past month. They aren’t the worst decisions but definitely not me. I met this boy through one of my friends (when we snuck out of her house- so not like us). He took me to homecoming and we had fun. He tried to kiss me last time we hung out. (I met him six weeks ago- we’ve hung out every weekend since). I’ve never had my first kiss and I’m worried that our relationship is going to turn into something I’m not comfortable with. I pushed all of my good, smart friends that loved me away for these “new friends” who are all just couples wanting to hang out so everyone can make out. I really don’t like the situation I’ve put myself in and I don’t know how to get out of it. I drank and smoked with them to be “cool” but this isn’t like me at all. I’m a good kid who obeys my parents, yet now I’m always doing what I know I shouldn't be and I just want my old friends back. </span><br></p></div>
<div class="ExternalClass5E1634647AFD4AB68CF19311B9546892"><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">We are so glad that you reached out to Your Life, Your Voice today. It sounds like you are having a tough time and we want to be here to support you. You are being so brave right now and courageous by asking for help from us. First of all, we just want to say how proud we are of you for realizing that this behavior isn't you and isn't making you comfortable. You are really listening to your instincts on this situation and it sounds like they are telling you something isn't right. </span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">It can be hard to get out of these situations but you can do it. There are people in this world that want to do things they shouldn't do and they pull others along with them. You definitely don't need to be dragged into it and you can make the choice to not participate. It may be a good idea just to sit down with your new friends and let them know how you are feeling. If they don't understand then it might be time to cut ties with them. That can be a difficult road at first but at least you won't be doing things that make you uncomfortable.</span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Then make some time to talk to your old friends. Apologize for your recent behavior. Be specific and acknowledge how they may be feeling. "I am sorry, I know that I made you feel left out when I chose to spend time with ...." Then tell them how you would like to fix things in your relationship. "I will try to do a better job at making our friendship a priority. I would like hang out with you again if it is ok with you."</span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Apologies can be difficult and sometimes you need support during those times, we will be here for you when you need us, just give us a call or send us a text.</span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">You definitely are on the right track and just need more support. Always listen to your instincts and keep yourself safe. Be proud of who you are because we definitely are proud of you.</span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Take care, </span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Savannah, Counselor</span><br></p></div>
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