What do you think has sort of helped you to avoid taking drugs?
I just. I’ve always had a healthy respect for my parents. And I knew that they would be disappointed. I know it doesn’t stop many people.
The other thing is I’ve always been quite a strong-willed person. It was never anything I wanted to do. But it’s tough it has, there have been times when I felt a lot of peer pressure about it when I, especially when I was at not college but school definitely.
People offering you?
Yeah and they make jokes about you being a bit of a wuss. And you do feel a bit like the square sometimes but I am so pleased now. I don’t regret not doing it at all.
So it never interested you and you were not sort of curious about it or anything like that?
I think mostly because I found people very tedious who did it a lot. I found them bad conversationalists and a bit thick. And I just didn’t want to. I got fed up when I was at college of the same conversation about 80s cartoons again and again. Like people would just sit in a circle on the field and talk about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for an hour because they were just high. And I just did not want to be part of that. So I would just go off and do my own thing.
Ok but you said that sort of peer pressure sometimes can be hard?
Yeah. You do feel a bit like the loner. And also people don’t realise that you’re. I’ve got a friend who he is very, very much against it. And his close group of friends are all heavily involved in substances that are stronger than cannabis. And he is often ridiculed in a friendly way and he’s quite strong willed so it doesn’t affect him but I can see how people can fall off the wagon like that, if you know what I mean.
Did you [pause] sort of kind of loose friends because of your attitude of not doing drugs when you were at school?
No not at all.
No. My real friends if they ever were doing it they never, like my close friends would never judge me for it. It tended to be groups of people at parties who I was not that close friends with that would. And if people are going to ridicule you for that then they’re really not the kind of friends you want to be hanging around with because it’s your, your body. It’s your decision on what you do to it.