I have to say, I absolutely love being an addict.
I don’t drink alcohol anymore but I love all my other addictions.
Today, I want to talk about addictions and how I love my addictions.
Before I start the video, I have to say that I’m talking about positive addictions and not negative ones.
I’m not talking about being addicted to any form of drugs.
I’m talking about being addicted to positive life addictions.
When it comes down to it, we’re habit machines.
We like to build habits around daily things because it makes life easier.
The more embedded you can make a good habit, the better it is for you because those habits will happen automatically under the surface.
An addiction to me is when you are sort of pushing yourself towards certain habits, into certain channels of your life and you just love doing them.
Walking has become a real addiction for me.
Getting up and drinking water first thing in the morning and hydrating myself after a night sleep is another good positive addiction.
It’s something that I feel bad when I don’t do.
If I don’t get out walking during the day, I start to feel fucking shit.
It doesn’t bode well for the rest of the day.
I just get up every morning drinking my water and heading out the door and going for 7 or 8 or 10 or 15 kilometres.
I’m completely addicted to it.
If I don’t have that water in the morning, I notice it.
It’s a tangible feeling inside me that I’m missing something.
It was exactly the same thing when I was drinking.
A lot of people say drinking water and going walking aren’t addictions.
They are to me and that’s all that fucking matters.
It’s what it means to me, to you. It’s the same thing.
I’ve spoken about it on so many different occasions as that:
If you believe you are an alcoholic, then you are.
I’ve never believed that about myself, therefore I’m not.
Alcohol has got nothing in my life any more.
If you believe you are a runner, and go out and do things that runners do, then you’re a run.
You can believe that.
You are that person.
Do you understand?
I’m a vegan at the moment.
This is what my life is going to be. I don’t eat meat or animal products.
There are certain parts of the vegan community who are militant.
They believe you can’t call yourself a vegan if you’re not for the animals.
I’m sort of for the animals.
I don’t believe any animal should lose its life so we can have food on the table but that’s a different story.
I’m a vegan for my health.
I’m a vegan because I believe in certain things, and this is the label I’m sticking on myself.
If someone else wants to use the label for something else, then more power to them.
But don’t tell me how I can use the label.
It’s only a word and it means different things to different people.
It’s the same thing as addiction.
I choose to use the word addiction in my life as a positive thing.
It’s the same thing when I say to people ‘cheers’ with a water, and they say that’s an alcoholic thing.
Well, maybe in your mind, but in mine, it’s not.
Sláinte is the Irish way of saying it, ‘to your health’ is another way of saying it.
These are all labels that we use and you can take the label and re-route it to whatever you want it to mean yourself.
I’m exactly the same way with my thought process.
I’m obsessed with trying to eradicate negative, spiralling thoughts that can bring me down and are not giving me anything concrete or tangible that is going to bring me in the right direction.
You’re never going to be able to get rid of all your thoughts, but if you’re constantly listening to what you’re saying to yourself, and more importantly, the meanings of those words and what meaning you place on those words, then you’re going to be run by your negativity instead of positivity.
For me, that’s all I’m trying to do, pull myself in the right direction.
The direction I want to go.
We all have choices.
No matter what you think about a certain thing, you have a choice about how you think about them, how you think about a word, which direction you go.
It’s all up in your head.
It’s all your choice. For me, I’d rather have positive addictions.
I’d rather acknowledge that they are a form of addiction but look at it in a good light, in the sense that it’s bringing me something in life.
That’s it for me today.
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GOOD HABITS ARE AS ADDICTIVE AD BAD HABITS, BUT MUCH MORE REWARDING.
Until next time…
Onwards and Upwards!