DAILY PROMPT: CAN’T GET ENOUGH
Have you ever been addicted to anything, or worried that you were? Have you ever spent too much time and effort on something that was a distraction from your real goals? Tell us about it.
It would be useless to pretend I’m not addicted to coffee and cigarettes: anyone who knows me would blow my cover in an instant. It’s also a given that society considers I should be blushing with shame from the top of my grey hair to my tippy toes over the cigarette issue, but I’m not. I don’t inflict myself where I’m not wanted, I’m not costing the taxpayer, (in fact tobacco tax revenue last year contributed $5.45 billion to the national coffers), and other than that – my life, my choice. But then, I’ve lived with an alcoholic. It does tend to colour your perspective.
Do coffee and cigarettes distract me from my real goal? No.
Books, now – that’s a different thing. Books have been distracting me from the ‘shoulds’ for as long as I can remember.
Could you set the table for dinner please?
I just have to finish the chapter, Mum.
Give me a good book and wave me goodbye for as long as it takes. What’s more, I can’t throw them out. I’ll give them away, pass them on, or quite often keep them to read again, but never, ever assign them to the rubbish. Fortunately for the capacity of my shelves, I can’t afford to buy them as often as I might like, but bookshops still make me drool, and the library sucks me through its doors with almost pathetic ease.
Am I likely to reform anytime soon?