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Assimilation Having friends that don't fall into the realm of what I consider to be right or wrong has kept me from being totally excepted by them. It's not that I think I am the ultimate authority of right or wrong, but I know what I feel personally about it. What is right for one person is not necessarily right for another. What is considered wrong for someone, can be argued by another. Understanding that I still could find redeeming and likeable qualities in these people, I really made an effort to fit in without sacrificing my views.

As I really valued the good qualities in these people, I set out determined to try to be friends and be accepted by them. Although, in the back of my thoughts I had in mind to try everything in my power to change the things I thought were detrimental to them, to their health, and to their future success.

As our friendship developed and I tried to overlook the negative aspects, which were drinking, drugs, etc. I focused mainly on the good qualities these friends had to offer. I tried to pretend all was okay and nothing was amiss, even though they always tried to talk me into joining them into their negative behavior. I was just as determined that I would not be the one to change and do something I was totally against. Even as I "stuck to my guns,"� the question still entered my mind "What would it hurt?"� Could I not involve my self a little?"� After all, I can control what I do, can't I? Even though these thoughts temporarily went through my head, I knew myself well enough to know that I would never partially partake. I am a person who "has a hard head,"� who...