Not quite sure whether this is a rant, or something insightful. Maybe its a little of both, therefore it will be dubbed, Rantsightful!
Anyhow.. I was flipping through channels on a regular bored basis one evening, and got swallowed in by the most riveting and nauseauting of ways. It's TLC's show called, "Strange Addictions." If you've never watched it, I'm debating whether you should or should/not. Its depressing, and in another light, kind of comforting to know that you're not one of them (or are you?) but then again, that kind of makes me feel bad about myself.. if that makes any sense.
Irregardless, (YES, i know it's the wrong spelling, but I like the way it sounds ;) it was quite fascinating to see people go on TV and make public embarrassments of themselves by broadcasting front and center what their very strange addictions are.
For example, last week featured a fruit cake looking guy who lived with a life size doll for ten years and treated her like his own flesh and blood wife. Next, a woman that for 20 something years had been eating.. wait for it.. toilet paper. Another single mother slept with a blow dryer by her body every night, and used it continuously during the day. And last, a young woman who poked her scabs til she could no more. If you think it sounds bad, maybe you should spare yourself the visual. What's wrong with the world today? As if smoking and drug abuse weren't bad enough, now we have a plethora of other oddball addictions people are picking up.
Obviously, these people can't just stop what they have been doing for so long. But it really makes you wonder, how on earth do you find sleeping with a blow dryer comforting? Those things burn and smell like burned plastic after being turned on more than 30 seconds. And toilet paper is bland and balls up.. and just ew.. Well, at least when she uses the bathroom she probably won't need to use any more bath tissue. Okay okay, maybe that was a little too much.
But honestly. It's quite sad to see how people can be controlled by their addictions. The scab-poker even picked up staph infection from so much digging into her skin. And she couldn't stop, endangering her own health. Blow-dry happy ruined her first marriage after her husband couldn't take her addiction any more. (supposedly) Anyhow.. the point is their addictions have become some kind of god they worship even if it means their own demise. Pretty sad, huh?
|TP and Blow Dryer - just two of God knows how many strange addictions..|
So I guess my viewpoint on this is the following: Appreciate the physical/mental health you have, whether relative, limited, or imaginary, and as soon as you see one of your immediate friends or family members developing some funny, odd or even silly addiction.. do what you can to get them help. It won't just go away like a puberty phase.
P.S. Is sleeping with a smart phone a strange addiction? ;)
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