In my de-caffeinated daze everything is a blur. A painful, annoying, aggressive blur. After performing the zombie walk through the grocery store to retrieve some life-juice and speeding home to show Mr. Coffee just how much I love and appreciate him a thought occurred to me: addictions aren’t always a bad thing.
I know that I’m addicted to coffee, I have been for a long time. My aunt got me started on the nectar of the gods at the young age of 12 and for this I thank her, had I not started drinking then I probably would have grown to be a Sasquatch. However, in recent years the addiction has become quite strong. If I must I can usually go a day without coffee, just don’t try to have any sort of deep or meaningful conversation with me, or ask me too many questions, or give me bad news. Two days without coffee and just don’t expect to see me, I will be crippled in bed, moody, disoriented, and simply not pleasant in any way. The addiction has gotten to the point where even my own mother avoids me on the coffee-less days, she tells me drinking coffee is my public service.
Back to the point; while hastily guzzling the first cup of coffee in two days I thought to myself “I just went to the grocery store to buy coffee so that I could come home and drink it, so that I can go to Starbucks and drink coffee and enjoy myself…” The thing of it is, my addiction makes me a more pleasant person, and it was then that I realized addictions aren’t always bad. I’m fairly certain 95% of the population is addicted to something: sports, food, nicotine, coffee, exercise, politics, reading, drugs, etc. The classifier of an addiction is that you have a craving for it, and if you go without for too long you do not feel like yourself. While addictions to things such as drugs can be destructive to one’s life, other addictions make you more productive and healthy! I know people that get grumpy if they don’t run every day, running produces serotonin and other “happy” endorphins that more or less act like a drug. Likewise, people get addicted to watching or playing sports, they act just like addicts withdrawing when their sport of choice is off season. Political addicts are constantly looking toward the next race, preparing, strategizing, searching for candidates, searching for volunteers, and without that in their lives feel a sense of loss. I would not classify these addictions as “bad” things, if they make you a more productive person and do not cause harm to yourself or others then I would go so far as to say they are “good”. I could certainly wean myself off of coffee, but at what cost? I love coffee, why would I want to create a coffee power struggle? I try to be honest with myself; if I were to un-addict myself from coffee I would just fall right back into it, then I will have wasted all of that time being moody and in pain and not have gained anything.
The moral of the story is, if you want to overcome an addiction for whatever reason then do it! However, if your addiction is not harmful to yourself or others, don’t feel like you must fight it simply because it’s an addiction. There are so many other issues and worries in life that must be dealt with and fought, if coffee is my vice I feel like I’m doing pretty well. I’m perfectly content with that addiction if it fuels my fire to fight other causes.