I took offense to your last post. I'm straight edge as well, and the way you spoke down about it in regards to your own sister is disappointing. Instead of being disappointed that you cant be a "good sister" and buy her drinks, why dont you support her. You have an influential voice, and when you speak down on a group of people, you let everyone think that it is okay to do the same. I bet your sister has been bullied for her choice. If you love her, think about that before you put her down.
I am sincerely sorry if my tone sounded as though I was talking down to the straight edge life style. Nothing could be further from the truth, as I completely support my little sister and anyone else who chooses to be straight edge. I know there’s got to be a lot of outside pressure against it, and my own sister talks to me a lot about it, and please please please believe me when I say I would NEVER bully anyone for not doing drugs or drinking. That is the most backwards thing I’ve ever heard.
Let me tell you a little bit about me: I grew up in a household in which a family member abused drugs and alcohol and made life pretty hellish for my sister and I at times. We’ve suffered more abuse at the hands of drug users than anyone should. Moving away made life easier for me, but it broke my heart when my sister would call me, in tears, because our family member was drunk and screaming and destroying the house and she didn’t know what to do, and there was literally nothing I could do for her from across the country. So the very IDEA that I would belittle my sister for being straight edge because of what we’ve been through literally sickens me. She is a MUCH stronger person than I can ever claim to be. Because while I only enjoy a cocktail or two in social situations (because I DO bow to social pressures because of my career sometimes) once every few weeks, I KNOW the sort of dependency that runs in my family and I shouldn’t even tempt myself. But I do. But my sister is so much stronger than that and it amazes me and I will never EVER stop supporting her.
My post was supposed to come across as a funny tongue in cheek sort of thing, because the first thing I’m asked when I say I’m flying out to Texas to celebrate my sister’s 21st birthday is how wasted we’re going get. I’m going out there to do the exact OPPOSITE. To help her celebrate in the way of her choosing, to have her back when we’re out with friends and family who WILL still try to pressure her into having a drink or getting over her straight edge choices.
This turned into a rant.