Vices. Yes, another blogging prompt stolen from someplace else. Perhaps that’s a vice? The fact that I can’t always come up with my own blogging prompts? My prompt theft aside, let’s talk vices, shall we?
I used to smoke. I used to smoke almost two packs a day! This coming March 27 it will be my fifth anniversary of being smoke free. And to be honest – I have almost gone back to smoking a few times in the past five years. Usually during high stress periods. Back when I smoked I’d convinced myself that smoking somehow relaxed me. It didn’t. I was still high strung as ever.
Back then, smoking, chocolate and coffee were my only three vices. Sure, I drink alcohol in moderation. That is if you count 1-5 times a year moderate drinking. I don’t necessarily like the taste of alcohol and really have to be in the mood for it. Since I kicked the cigarettes and I don’t drink, that leaves me with my last two vices. Coffee and chocolate. I did attempt giving up the chocolate when I was erroneously diagnosed as pre-diabetic. I found that I can do without chocolate. However, I can’t do without the coffee. I’ve tried.
I went to decaf for a month when my doctor suggested it was the coffee causing my persistent heartburn. Turned out my heartburn was caused by the foods I was eating. I changed my diet and the heartburn went away. Imagine that. It wasn’t the coffee and so I went back to drinking it.
I read an article recently that said coffee, due to climate change, could very well become extinct in our lifetime. Naturally I panicked. Why? Because if for some reason I do become pre-diabetic (or diabetic as it runs in my family) and coffee becomes extinct — I have no vices left!
And a woman left without any vices to her own devices is a scary thing. So it appears I need to start considering new vices to replace the last two I have just in case they need replacing. After all, everyone should have at least one vice, right?
So I’m open to suggestions. What should my new replacement vice(s) be?