I recently had to undergo a minor surgical procedure.  As a result, I was prescribed Vicodin for the pain.  The bottle is riddled with warning labels, specifically with regards to how this drug can be habit forming.  All I can say is, “Party at my place!”

And people have engaged in the use of drugs for recreational purposes since the beginning of recorded history.  It’s an escape.  It’s a way out of what can be the mundane and monotonous world in which we live.  However the method of escaping reality is not limited to drugs, recreational, prescribed or otherwise.  People naturally gravitate to those things that take their minds off their problems.  “Calgon, take me away!”

I would like to submit a particular human emotion as one of the most enticing, seductive and addictive feelings we are capable of experiencing.  Affection.  Genuine, heart-felt affection.  To lose yourself in the knowledge that someone is doing or saying something for you strictly because they want to is intoxicating.  That someone is willing to go to the nth degree for you is breathtaking.  That someone cares enough to listen, to understand, to devote 100% attention to you and your life…… well, there are no words to properly describe that.

Affection is raw.  Affection is real.  Affection is someone using their soul as a paintbrush to liven up the canvass that is your life.  There are few gifts we can receive that are more meaningful and inspiring and awesome than the gift of affection.  Well, with the exception, perhaps, of a smuggled Sony PS3 from Japan …… but that’s a whole separate blog entry altogether.

And to be the object of affection is purely addictive.  I can say with honesty and humility that I have never engaged in the use of hard drugs, but I can’t imagine a better feeling than the one I get when someone bestows on me their affection.  It is a gift from the heart.  It is a gift of the soul.  And it creates such a high that I never, ever want to come down.  It is a feeling that makes everything better.  A feeling that makes all the bad memories, all the tough circumstances, all the negative thoughts go away.

Whatever the vice may be, people have their drug of choice in order to make the real become unreal.  And being the object of someone’s affection creates a feeling that makes the spirit soar.  A feeling that surpasses that of anything found in a dime bag.  But it does not, however, surpass the feeling of displaying genuine affection to someone else.  This is one example where it is truly better to give than to receive.  Because to give someone your affection and love and devotion and tenderness and everything that comes with being in love with someone special is not only pleasing, it is also thoroughly rewarding.  And the best part is that instead of escaping reality, you are creating a new reality that is genuine, true and meant to be experienced.

So give affection a try, and be proud to say you are an addict.  We should all be so lucky.


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