Lately I’ve found myself having an overwhelming sensation that for most people life is based around one substance or another. My definition of substance may be a bit different from most. I see it as being anything from drugs, alcohol, or addiction to something we know inside is wrong. Things along that line. And of course I can see it in my own life, but I see it everywhere around me too. I see people who can’t get through their day without an energy drink or a pack of cigarettes (or both). I see people who believe they can’t enjoy an activity without a form of alcohol or weed or nicotine alongside it. And I understand them…completely.
But then I made this “realization” about how life revolves around one substance or another. And even once I had this impacting thought I still found myself clinging to the majority. I knew the feeling of needing something extra. Like just watching t.v. by itself wasn’t enough or hanging out with friends wouldn’t be as much fun without more to it.
Then I woke up.
I woke up from the endless cycle that is needing something to go along with everything. And this feeling that I was totally wrong before felt so good inside. Because once you rid yourself of the habits you know are bad- you feel even better not doing them than you ever did before. You rejoice in the fact that what you have truly gained is a form of freedom. Because in all honestly a substance such as nicotine is a cruel master over its slaving users. It controls your mind, it makes you get in your car at the most random time because you “quit” but suddenly its okay to go out and get it again. It makes you convince yourself, literally debate inside your head why it’s acceptable to not quit and to continue to use whatever substance it is. And there is that part in the people that want to live a pure life that tells you “No you must stop, you know it isn’t right.” But as much as you yearn to listen to that inner voice you fall short. Or you stop and go back. The key in quitting, in gaining this freedom over life that I tell you of, is in the realization.
Realize what I have said to you- that being alive in itself is such an amazing thing that it needs no substance to accompany it. That living without the addictions of your past makes you that much more free. Then think to yourself- when I was a kid, the most care-free time in my life, I didn’t use any of these things I use now. You didn’t use to drink four cups of coffee each day, smoke your vape excessively, or drink at every social event. No, you had an endless amount of energy from just being alive! And that’s amazing to think of, it’s something that we as humans can be excited about! For if as children we had no need for substance and addiction and that was such a joy filled time- then certainly we can reach that state of being again! And you can, I promise you!
Leave the substances behind, free yourself from whatever it is you know has a hold over you. Because you’d have to oblivious to not know when something is controlling you. Wake up. Live life in its purest sense, it doesn’t need anything to go with it. Take my word- you will be living in a way you never could if you continued your attachment with substance.
Be free my friends, and enjoy this extraordinarily beautiful life you have.