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A light-hearted look at addiction
Author: W. K. Hayes
A light-hearted look at addictions
Addiction is a very serious matter but, since I have a hard time wanting to be serious, I decided to take a light-hearted look at some addictions that are well-worth having and can even be turned into ways of making money.
Addictions to harmful drugs, prescription meds, alcohol and gambling usually come screaming to mind when one thinks about addictions. However, there really are a great number of addictions that are often referred to as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, or OCDs.
Personally, I love my OCDs. The oldest OCD I have, is waking up to a glass of ice-cold sweet tea and gulping it down. Nearly every morning of my life has started with a glass of sweet tea. Fact is, I feel off on days I had no choice but to go without my morning fix. Am I addicted to this morning ritual? Heck yea, I am but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The most recent OCD I lavish myself in, is writing. I will spend fourteen to sixteen hours a day writing. Why, because I love writing. I am obsessed with writing and when I get done, I want to write some more. Truth be known, I’m up to twenty weblogs that I have written in the past four days, alone and not counting this one which, will make twenty-one. I also have four books in print and another twelve novels nearing completion that I started at the first of 2010.
Let me pace myself here and take a deep breath. I know many of you are probably thinking…why not start one book and finish it before starting another one? Well, the answer is simple. If I stuck to writing one book, it would take me a year, just like everyone else and writing one book a year, for me, is a joke with no offense to any of you. Inspiration doesn’t come when we want it to…it comes whenever it takes a notion. By the same token, I find that if I get writer’s block on one story, I can easily move to another one while staying productive. Yea, I'm obsessed with writing.
Many writers will tell you to keep a notepad handy and write down the ideas in the event you can’t easily write for, being away from home. Since becoming a full-time author, I’m always at home and no idea worth having should be easily forgotten. So, I have a dozen books I’m working on with several of them to be completed by the end of January.
Anyway, if I did offend you with the comment about taking a year to write a book…I really didn’t mean to but the way I look at it is this. If you have to force your writing into becoming a book, then, chances are you don’t really have a story, to start with. A book should come right out of you and if you hit a dead end…start another book. Sometimes changing is a great way to loosen up your mind and it really does help you get past the dreaded, writer’s block.
Okay…so getting back to addictions. One of my other favorite OCDS is having dark sensation cocoa mixed in with my coffee. It was actually an accident that led to this fine discovery. I wanted some coffee and I was out of creamer. Desperate to stay awake for work, I used a pack of cocoa and it was love at first sip. Since then, I have become a connoisseur of dark chocolaty coffee at two to four thermos' a day.
One of my other favorite OCDs is my addiction to work. As long as I can recall, I have always had two and three jobs with the exception of the time I was with my ex. I couldn’t see myself working all the time while she did absolutely nothing but hang with her friends and look for the next free ride. Had she worked, I would have been inclined to try harder. But, getting away from her…I work like a madman.
Truthfully, I see no difference in an OCD and Addiction except some believe that one is by choice while the other is not although, both still have the same effect in general. Smoking is an addiction…let a person get without cigarettes and they become moody and easily agitated. Let me wake up without tea and you’ll get the same reaction. I don’t chose to be grouchy in either case…but my body has a craving and that’s the bottom line. I think we call them by two separate names because a bad addiction can have huge ramifications on others lives when dealing with a person who is addicted to harmful substances.
For anyone who may be curious as to why I chose this subject…well, the truth is, someone forgot to get sugar yesterday and I haven’t had my glass of tea, yet. I do have my coffee, I do have my soda but there’s this empty void without my tea…sad isn’t it? Maybe some sugar will find it’s way to the house allowing me to embrace my beloved, tenderly…yea, tea means that much to me.
Ultimately, before you snub your nose at those with addictions, you might want to take a look at yourself and realize that you have your own addictions, as well. Granted, my addiction to tea hasn’t brought harm to anyone in my life but it is, an addiction.
YAYYYY…the sugar has arrived and the tea is making…
Thanks for reading my article and have a great day!!!