This morning our internet is down, and I am writing this post in the body of an unsendable email. I am, of course, feeling antsy about the internet being down. And this reminded me of something I've been irritated about lately: all the buzz about how if you feel antsy without your internet connection, that means YOU ARE ADDICTED TO THE INTERNET OH NOES!!!
I think I've mentioned before that I have a phone phobia. But when our phone is out, do I feel intense relief? No, I feel antsy. When will it be back? What if we need it? I keep picking it up to check if there's a dial tone yet. I HATE AND FEAR the phone, but apparently I AM ADDICTED TO MY PHONE OH NOES!!!
If my car broke down, I would feel antsy and uncomfortable until it was working again. I'd keep thinking of things to do, and then going, "Oh, wait. No car," and feeling unhappy. I'd be stressed about not having it. I would have trouble living my life without it. I am also addicted to my car.
If the postal workers went on strike and there was no mail, I'd be very unhappy indeed. No mail? AAAAGGGHHH!! Where is my mail? When will there be mail again? What do you mean I literally can't mail anything?? I am also addicted to the mail.
I like to read. If I wasn't allowed to read, I would have times every day when I didn't know what to do with myself. I like to read while supervising the kids in the playroom. Reading keeps me from interacting with my children! I am addicted.
I am addicted to so many things! Food: I have to have some SEVERAL TIMES A DAY or I get upset. My washer and dryer: if they break down, I get stressed---and I get increasingly stressed with every day that goes by. Running water: if the water gets turned off so they can work on a pipe, I hardly know how to live my life. Pens: you should see how tense I get when I can't find one!
I don't struggle with this one myself, but I've heard there are people who exercise every single day. If they can't do it, they say they feel restless and jittery. They NEED their exercise fix. "Natural high," my ass: they are ADDICTED and should SEEK HELP.
Some people have jobs, and they spend HOURS AND HOURS A DAY doing them. They think about work even when they're home. Sometimes they're eager to get back to work, even though they were JUST THERE. Addicted, clearly.
From what I hear (hi, mom and dad and many of their friends!), some people enjoy sex. They'd rather not give it up. Get this: even when they don't want children, they STILL engage in this now-pointless activity! Often with the SAME person, again and again over YEARS! Man, they are SOOOO addicted.
It's possible to be accustomed to something without being addicted to it. It's possible to enjoy something---even enjoy it IMMENSELY---and not be addicted to it. It's possible to miss something very badly when it's gone, and yet not be addicted to it. It gets pretty tiresome to keep hearing otherwise.
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