Addictions- synonymic to extreme! It’s a state of being enslaved to a habit. Most people think addictions are always bad and so they try to fight ‘em. But let’s try to be a li’l optimistic, eh? I feel, addictions help keep up the zing in life! If you want to live life to its optimum, then you do need to have some addictions flowing in your blood (I’m not talking about stuff like smoking and alcohol here).
There are a variety of freaks in this enormous world with different kinds of fanatical addictions. Here are some commonly listed manias:-
♫ Music \ Songs ♪ -listening addictions:
Listening Songs is the most common craze, especially for teenagers. Moiz claims, “It’s ten times easier to study for exams with my ear phones connected”. Also, listening songs in full volume is an energy booster for me. Emotionally, it makes me happy. Whenever I’m disconnected from the typical world while listening songs (through my earphones), my mother interrupts ten times in between to tell me to slow down the volume. And with respect, I do obey her. But unconsciously, after a few minutes, the volume is high again. 😛
This particular addiction requires a lot of hard work and energy. With that, the workaholics earn a lot of respect and admiration. Some workaholics get involved in their work so much that they forget to give proper attention to people around them. “I hardly get to see my father thrice in a week. That’s because he’s too involved in his business” says Zainab with a sigh.
Well, its 90% a female thing! Being a girl, I exactly know what it’s like when you enter an environment with a variety of exciting stuff all around. Shopping is an adventure in itself; first of all, the ecstasy of the purchase, different styles and colors all around & sometimes the noisy crowd. We do enjoy all this! Right? 😀 “My friends request me to go shopping with them because I’m the one who is fond of every shop around the town” says Sakina with a grin.
There are many people who won’t even like a crease on their clothes. Also, I specifically had to mention this because, my cousin who travels a lot wearing rida everywhere. Always has a handy, battery hair straightener in her handbag and whenever there’s a crease in her pardi(the flap), she irons it with the straightener. Hahaha, it’s strange, I know!
People in my world would smile after reading this. Because they exactly know what a packet of gum means to me. It’s not ‘just’ a packet of gum. It’s oil to my engine. It’s a drug to me. The Pakistani politician, Imran Khan is also a gum addict. Yesterday, on television, I saw him chewing a gum throughout the procession, LOL!
Once, a tutor told me, “It’s better to surf on the internet than staying glued to an idiot box”. Very inspiring, indeed! Internet addicts use internet for hours without getting tired. “I love to surf on the internet late nights. We get aware of a lot of stuff that’s happening around the world” says, Lamya with interest.
Junk food addictions:
Junk foods have a strong appeal to the primitive and infantile emotions. They are usually very sweet, very rich and very filling. Similarly, chocoholics: I know a HUGE amount of individuals who are crazily addicted to chocolates! It is the most frequently purchased junk food item. The diet conscious, 28 year old, Insia says, “I am ready to run miles and not eat the whole day, for a bar of chocolate.”
They surround themselves with books everywhere they go. Resulted in a research, there are many people who read eight hours a day. And surprisingly, they have no problem with that. Fatema says, “honestly, I will not be able to sleep if I don’t get to sneak a peak at the next few chapters”
So, likewise, there are a load of more addictions piled up. These are just a few I’ve described. I’m sure you all can also relate to them like I did. But if you flip flop the coin, you do have the power to limit your addictions so that they don’t give a negative result ahead.
Psychologically, we have built a mindset for addictions as our weakness & find it difficult to get over it. But yes! we can! As Santosh Kalwar beautifully says, “We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.”
-Sarrah Mustafa Malirwala