It's no secret that candy, cake, cookies, and all things involving sugar are some of the best tasting substances known to man. One bite seems to pull you down a dark rabbit hole of gluttony like you've never known. I, in particular, am a fan of ice cream. From the moment it's icy chill reaches my lips, to the shiver down my spine as it slides down my throat, I love every flavor, texture, and temperature that it embodies! Alas, the milk in ice cream always makes me super mucousy (TMI, I know). In reality, I probably shouldn't even be eating ice cream at all. Yet despite knowing how bad it is for me, I still eat it all the time! I've always wondered why it seemed as though the worst things for us in life were so darn good. Who designed this system?? Why can't I have my ice cream and eat it too? It is quite true that knowing the consequences of our actions play a major role in how we choose to carry out our lives. Sometimes I wonder if it's ever ok to INDULGE in the temptation of our vices.
Besides the seemingly harmless example of ice cream, there are other bad habits that we as adults become routinely accustomed to, alcohol and smoking perhaps being the biggest. Now I will say this, I've always been an avid nonsmoker for specific reasons. My dad would smoke a lot when me and my sisters were little kids (he claims he didn't do it that much). Heck, he probably still does! But back then, we didn't really have copious amounts of cash on hand, so I'd always wonder how he could afford to buy so many cigarettes and not other things. Also, it always smelled like a fire was about to start! I grew up hating them, and I still do. I even walk away whenever someone sparks up around me these days (even if I'm in mid conversation with them). Ironically enough, some people think that drinking is just as bad and probably worse than smoking... and drinking is something I do all the time! In my own head, I have my justifications and reasonings behind why I do it, just as I'm sure smokers have theirs. In both circumstances, there is plenty of information out there about the dangers and harm these things can cause in ourselves and others. Yet here we ALL are still drinking and smoking to our heart's content with them both being multi billion dollar industries.
Bad habits are definitely hard to break, but do we even want to break them? I actually tried to not drink for an entire month. I mean, I did it and all, but my gosh was it a drag! In our adult lives, things seem to center a lot around alcohol. It's available at pretty much every function, every venue, every occasion, and if it isn't, there is uproar. I agree that it does make things a bit more tolerable and enjoyable for some people, but whenever I would refuse to drink, others would feel let down. Eh, I'll probably divulge more into the psychology of drinking in a blog of its own. It's actually quite interesting! Besides the obvious vices however, and before you start thinking I'm a raging alcoholic, there are many other vices that are a little harder to detect; Shopping and spending, promiscuous and unsafe sex, vanity, constant electronic device use, laziness, just so many things! Then again, repackaging the delivery of the aforementioned into the form of another; 'Enjoying a weekend shopping spree, Instagramming every moment, spending hours getting super cute to go out and turn heads, hooking up with a hot stranger, then spend the entire next day in bed doing nothing while binging on Netflix'.... sounds kinda freakin' awesome huh?
Sigh. Life man! Am I right? We somehow have to have enough discipline to figure out if certain things we may love are bad for us. Even harder, deciding what to cut down on, or even cut out completely. The thing is, WE get to choose all of that. As many outside influences there are to tell us the difference between right and wrong, good and bad, WE decide. There may even be a time when you find yourself judging another person because of their vice, yet forgetting that you may have a few yourself. Who's to say which is actually worse just because it isn't ours? Great quote from the Bible, "Judge not, lest YE be judged". Life can be quite tough and stressful for us all. Sometimes indulging in a vice or 2 can improve our mood and even our sanity. There was an episode of South Park (which you should really watch on Hulu if you have the time, South Park is truly a genius show) where they talked about smoking. Although I personally don't agree with smoking, they did have good points about the people who try to stop others from indulging in something unsavory, all the while indulging in a different unsavory thing themselves. I do believe that is the very definition of hypocrisy!
Analyzing our own lives give us an amazing opportunity to do just that... live! It's quite impossible to live a completely straightforward upstanding life 100 percent of the time. Choosing the things that make us happy may cost a bit, but we should be the ones who decide. One good thing to keep in mind is that there is plenty information available about possible outcomes involving our choices. For me, I can learn what happens if I keep eating ice cream the way I do. At least I will be aware. Also, if I did want to try any alternatives to the sugary goodness, I can learn about those. Life should be about continually striving to do better. I do want to live more aware, and I also want to maintain my happiness. I do believe it is possible. Let me know if you all have any internal struggles like this. How are you dealing with it? Why do YOU think it is that we still heavily indulge in things we know are bad for us? I would love to hear your thoughts!
P.s. I heard somewhere that about 75% of African Americans are lactose intolerant. But I love milk so much! Actually though, I did sorta switch to vanilla soy milk a little while ago. It surprisingly tastes pretty good. Who knew!
P.p.s. That multiple vice ridden scenario I described earlier actually does sound like a really fun Vegas trip or something... Which reminds me, I still have to go see Girls Trip. I heard it was awesome.
P.p.p.s. I could've sworn I had a photo of ME with some sort of sugary confection all over my face...and then I realized, I do!