Saturday, 7 March 2015

Friendship Report: Addictions

Dear Readers,

For some strange reason I thought it would be a good idea to resubscribe to World of Warcraft, and now I've rekindled that old addiction of mine. So before I plunge myself back into the magical world of Azeroth, I thought I'd better get a quick post up, especially since I didn't leave myself enough time to post yesterday.

I'd like to talk about addictions, not serious addictions like alcohol or drugs, but those minor addictions that a lot of people have. I have about three little addictions, one of them is slowly being pushed away by my latest, and the other one will disappear soon enough. Those addictions are: guitar playing, Monster Energy, and now, World of Warcraft.

My guitar playing is what I'd call a healthy addiction, I need to keep practicing, the more I do, the better I'll become. If I miss a day's practice I generally don't feel right. Now I'm back on WoW, and so that has taken up all my time, meaning I'm struggling for guitar practice, and so my fingers are very twitchy, I'm still playing guitar but nowhere near enough.

Monster Energy is a bit of a bad addiction, I limit myself to one can a day usually, but that changes quite a lot, and I often have a can of Monster and a can (or two, or three) of some other energy drink. Going off the amount of health risks surrounding the consumption of energy drinks, I think it's safe to say that I don't have a very healthy addiction there, but at least it's only one can a day ninety percent of the time

My addictions aside, on Thursday one of my lecturers came in with a big smile on his face, and he was in a very chirpy and bubbly mood. We had a nice big laugh for the majority of that lesson, and then he said "have you noticed that I'm really happy today? It's because I'm really, really depressed." It wasn't what I was expecting him to say, but as it turns out he is forcing happiness to counteract the depression he has due to an inability to take part in his addiction: running.

As you can tell his addiction is a bit healthier than mine, but his withdrawal symptoms are slightly worse than my twitchy fingers, apparently if he can't run for three days he gets into a very foul mood, and he advises us not to approach him on days like that.

So if you're one of those who think addictions are only limited to the likes of heroin and tobacco, you're very wrong. You can become addicted to pretty much anything, and although an addiction to running, or playing guitar isn't strictly a bad thing, prevent someone from being able to take part in their addictions can serious effects. So be warned.

- George "Kitty" Booth

I'd also like to say that my mate Big George leaves to do his Phase 1 training tomorrow, so I'm going to try and get him to tell me all the lessons he's learned about Friendship

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