My name is Aysha, and I’m a coffee-holic.
When I first arrived in the States I couldn’t understand what it was with Americans and cutting down on caffeine. It seemed wherever I went, somebody looked guiltily at their cup and initiated a group confession.
Two years, two months, a master's, and a toddler later, I am experiencing some “withdrawal symptoms”; irritability, headache, sleepiness, and depression whenever I am late to get my morning fix. However, what really pulled me by the collar is that I started craving coffee at night too.
I realized with some horror that this habit I’ve gotten into because it soothed my body, broke up the tension of my schedule, gave me something to wake up for in the morning (besides a toddler’s poop diaper, wet bed, and naggings,) might become yet another cause for tension.
Do addictions ever settle for a deal, or are they all naturally driven to demand more and more out of us?
As much as I am a habit-breaker type o’ gal, I’ve always thought it necessary to keep an innocent addiction on the side. Humans are natural addicts. They have the addiction software installed in them, and it is better to keep it busy with something mild than fall without realizing it for something that would interfere with personal safety or that of others. Now, the theory does not sound as reassuring as it once did...
“There are more coffee drug addicts in the US than drug addicts of any other kind.” Claims Charles F. Withal. And baby, today I have become yet another one to look shamefully at my cup wondering: To quit or not to quit?
Check out: Freedomyou. I absolutely love how they mention how caffeine is given easy religious access, whereas a glass of wine is highly scrutinized.