There are all sorts of addictions and obsessions. Some good (being a clean freak), some bad (drug or alcohol addictions – or food related in my case) and some ugly (like those who eat weird shit – shoes, toilet paper and… well, in my mind, fruit!).
Then there are some which are a bit of all three.
And that’s where I am at the moment. I’m reading like a crazy person. I. CANNOT. STOP.
I know that sounds ridiculous, but it’s happened before and it’s happening now. I’ve read between 5 – 7 books a week for the last month or two. Generally it’s a book-a-night.
Now reading in itself is not a bad thing. It broadens one’s horizons and all that – presumably even the trashy or crappy stuff. But… my problem is that I don’t do anything by halves. So instead of nursing a book over a period of a few nights, I HAVE to read it all then and there. Instant gratification baby!
Obsessive-reading is fine in small quantities. I’ve often knocked off a book on a Saturday afternoon / evening while lolling in the bath with champagne. But… when one NEEDS to pick up a book and start reading after work every day it’s not necessarily a good thing. Particularly when that same person is prone to NEEDING to finish the whole bloody book on the same day.
Not good when one has to be up and functioning in their workplace the following day.
I’ve gone cold turkey a few times… cut my supply off, if you like. And decided the time has come… So Thursday night I swore off reading. For a bit.
Of course on Friday night I fell off the wagon and devoured an entire novel.
I’d planned to return to the library today to borrow a supply for the week (or just until Wednesday night which is my usual library night – and yes, I do realise I sound like a bloody nanna when I say that!), but fate has intervened. For various reasons I didn’t get there, so… it seems the perfect opportunity to avoid the dreaded printed word – at least for a few days.
Although, as I’ve just been to the local Blockbuster and borrowed the latest season of Dexter (like my food-related addictions) I suspect I’m just replacing one habit with another. Although this one will be short-lived and I suspect Dex Season 6 will be done and dusted by this time tomorrow.
Like I said, instant gratification baby!
Although I must confess, I am hoping some obsessive TV show-on-DVD watching will disrupt the seamless flow of my reading fetish!
Do you have addictions which are okay (or even healthy) in small amounts?