I recently made the switch to LFRV and am really happy, but it is causing me some social problems.. In a college setting where a "normal" weekend activity consists of getting wasted and not sleeping enough, many of my friends don't understand why I don't want to drink or stay out late. Sometimes I will go out and just have water, but I still get a lot of questions. I am graduating in May, at which point I will be moving to California and will have it a lot easier, but for now I want to make the most out of these next few months and can't exactly just "find new friends." Any advice??
Maybe try to do social stuff with your friends in the afternoons only--that way you can still get to bed early and likely they won't be doing any "wasting" activities yet. Another suggestion is make your time with friends occasions of activity and exercise. Invite your friends to shoot hoops with you, go for a jog, a swim, etc. That way you get a double dipper--exercise and time with friends. Your friends will hopefully be occupied by the activity and having enough fun rather than wanting to pull out the beers.
I am a college student too, in Cali ;-)
Thanks LauraLily, those are some really good suggestions!
So you're a senior and all of your friends are still getting wasted all the time? This might sound harsh, but it's time to grow up. I was done with that stuff sometime junior year.
Join the track club. Hard to fly like an eagle if your hang'n with turkeys.. sorry turkeys. ;)
You dont have to be mean but now your just 'too busy' to have late nights cos you gotta train in the morning.
"Hard to fly like an eagle if your hang'n with turkeys.. sorry turkeys."
maybe you need a new set of friends.
If you still want to hang out with your friends, just show them how much fun an energetic, healthy, happy, thriving person can have! Drink water and have fun until everyone is making fools of themselves, have a good laugh and go home.
If it's not that big of a deal to hang out with them, or the questions are bothering you too much, then go do your thing on your own. Go running, biking; hit the gym, or whatever else you enjoy. Or stay home and walk away with the best GPA of your friends. Or hang out on 30BaD until you move ;-)
Either way, stay true to your lifestyle and your sense of self.
thank you everyone, these are great suggestions :)
I joined outdoor activity club, met nice people in touch with nature, we go like mountain hiking, canoe camping, snowball fighting and things like that :P
If I can be in a fraternity and be low fat raw vegan then you have nothing to worry about lol. Some of my friends only drink and I have come to realize I don't enjoy bars anymore now that I don't drink. You can still spend time with your friends that just wanna get blasted all the time, but over time you will begin to notice that those types of people don't add anything to your lifestyle and naturally you spend less time with them. Who you spend the most time with in your life is who will influence you the most. So who will it be? I spend more time with my raw vegan friends running, biking and lifting weights and that has become my new social life and I love it. And like Harley says, I'd rather get wasted on the bike trails than wasted at the bar!