I don’t have to tell you that you’ll only have so many years, hours, and minutes here on Earth. Right now you don’t know how many, but you know you won’t live forever. Your time here is precious. You really notice it, however, as time marches on and you are older. Time seems to fly by. Addictions are time stealers. There is less time in your future for things you’d enjoy because you are spending time with your addiction of choice instead.
It’s up to you how you spend your time.
If you get drunk and pass out, time lost. Or instead of hanging out with friends and going to the movies, you are popping pills and just staring at the wall. More time lost. Instead of studying, you are losing hours looking at porn magazines. These hours you’ll never get back. How do you want to use your time?
What are some things you’d like to do? Where are some of the places you’d like to go? What adventures await you? Here again, let’s make a list. Use these questions to get your imagination going and make the list as long as you want. Pretend you’re outlining your life’s plan and goals.
Now, just like money, if you become addicted to something, you may not be able to do everything on that list. Is that okay with you? What would you want to mark off, if you had to? Scratch off half of your list.
Once an addiction starts, you will not only spend more and more of your money to feed the addiction; you will be squandering more and more of your time too. You aren’t doing fun things with friends; you aren’t studying to make good grades and preparing for your future. Heck, you might not even be coherent and awake.
Do you think spending your time being productive, having fun with friends and enjoying life would be more self-satisfying than being drunk and passed out, zoned out on drugs or dying young because of lung cancer or an overdose?
**This is an excerpt from the e-book set ‘Stomp Out Teen Struggles – Addictive Behavior’.