I’m vanilla enough that 95% of my purchases aren’t negatively judged in the first place. Nonetheless, let’s get a little down and dirty about this, shall we?
I would have spent most of my savings to accompany my parent-in-laws to Europe. Instead, I feared the judgment of my parents, who help me financially.
I would smoke tobacco and drink more beer. Instead, I remain relatively straight-laced and respected by my current friend circle.
I would have undergone breast augmentation surgery in high school. Since this insecurity plagued me since the 4th grade, I confessed my desperation for breast implants to my mom and spoke with a surgeon in Washington. Those who knew about it convinced me to save my money and eventually gain confidence in other ways. Their high expectations of my strong character (which, to them, meant I could overcome my physical insecurities) discouraged me from going through with the surgery.
I probably wouldn’t tip waiters unless eating in a state that doesn’t have minimum wage for tipped workers.
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