Tuesday Tune In: Obsessed

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“I’m OBSESSED with….!!”

I swear I say that at least once a month when I discover a new artist, a new game, a new type of food, a new anything and these obsessions tend to last anywhere from 1 month to 4. Nothing more. Nothing less. I can’t really explain why but when I become obsessed with something I won’t say it takes over my life but it becomes such a part of it that most of my free time gets devoted to just that. YouTube videos, articles, Facebook pages, and anything else that I can use to learn about my newest obsession gets utilized and thus I am more informed about an inane subject than I ever need to be. Would I use this information later? Probably not, but for the time being, this obsession suits to fill whatever space has recently been left open by the obsession before that.

I can’t really explain mine or anyone else’s need to become so engulfed by some form of entertainment. And these obsessions range from everything to sports, to music, to food, to designer labels, to games; everything you could possibly imagine becomes the focal point for someone at some point in their lives. My list has covered everything from Chloe x Halle to Pretty Little Liars to burritos from The Eatery and nothing else would do to sate whatever my craving is, musically, TV-wise, or hunger-wise.

See, that’s how obsessions work. They drive you either way. They can bring about the best in you, increasing your knowledge base on a well known subject or the bad, causing you to neglect the balance we all need in our lives. We can become so obsessed with something that we forget that anything or anyone else exists or we can use it with others in mind, shaping the world to be a better place; shaping ourselves to be better people. Take the newest gaming craze Pokemon Go. It’s been catching a lot of flack mostly for the dummies that decide not to pay attention and walk into oncoming traffic to catch an invisible pocket monster but idiocy aside I’m all for it. I don’t play it but I get why people do. It is, undeniably, the most social game out there where people have to meet up face to face in order to play even though everyone is mostly on their cellphones. It requires strategies, team work, communication, and a ton of walking (think of the pounds you’d lose just trying to “catch ’em all”). I’ve heard many stories of the kilometers people have had to walk to hatch an egg or catch a Pokemon or defend a gym from a rival team; I swear it’s going to be the next work out craze…wait for it. Say what you want but this obsession is doing more good than bad like, ideally, most obsessions should. Of course obsessions get a bad rap mostly from those who push their obsessions on other people but those are few and far between. But, what we have to remember is that these obsessions do more than just take your money. They serve as an escape from reality; an escape from the constant pressure of having to fight fight fight for whatever it is we are trying to achieve. They’re an escape from the mundane. In fact, obsessions, most times, is what keeps us sane.

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So tap into your obsessions and lose yourself in the beauty that is art, gaming, sports, exercise. Tap into those obsessions that do more to better (notice I said “better” and not “worsen”) yourself and the world. “Obsession” gets a bad stereotype but it’s not always a bad thing.

Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to peace out and tap into my own obsession for the month: crafting.

Peace and creativity and see you all next week for another Tuesday Tune In.