Why Peer Pressure is Good

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Swimming in the Winter

Lynn Valley Winter Dip

I don’t know if they still do it or not but when I was growing up there was a campaign to STOP peer pressure? Now I realize that it was just people who had shitty peers. Peer pressure is actually amazing. It’s one on the best forces you can put into place. I realized this fully as I was jumping in a river in mid March up in Lynn Valley, Vancouver.

Saturday is water day. In North Vancouver there is a natural spring; pure water trickles up through the ground and we are fortunate enough to be able to collect it then transport it back home for the week. Look into what’s coming out of the taps one of these day and then check out the link at the bottom. I had been reading this book by John Robbins called 100 and Healthy. It’s about some cultures in the world where people live into their hundreds and the reasons behind it. These people really know how to live. They sing, they dance, they laugh, they love, they help each other; some them would swim in mountain streams.

When I told Jeremie about them on the way to Lynn Valley he suggested we go try it. I entertained the thought but had no plans of actually doing it. Left up to my own will I would have headed home right after getting the spring water but instead found myself walking down to the river on a cold March day. Then I found myself next to the river while Jeremie is undressing and preparing to crawl onto a log above the river. He jumps in and that’s it. I have no choice but to do the same. Theres no way I’d live down not having “manned up” and gone in. So clothes off, in I go, and then as fast as I jumped in I was out and getting dressed. Freezing to death but feeling ALIVE. Honestly the best I had felt all week. It was like a hard reboot. I can see how this would help you live to 100 or 140. Positive peer pressure in action.

When choosing who you spend your time with keep this in mind. 99% of the time you will end up doing what the people you hang out with do. So make sure the people you surround yourself with are doing things that you want to be doing. A quote a friend told me once was “if you want to see your future just look at your friends” If they are shopping, getting drunk, numbing out, playing xbox and watching TV——you will too. If they are swimming in oceans, running in the mountains, going on adventures, seeing the world, constantly growing——you will too. Use peer pressure to your advantage. Spend time with those people who are doing the things you want to do but are scared to try and, before you know it, you will be right there next to them.

Find a Natural Spring here

John Robbins Healthy at 100 at Amazon



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