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OPTIONAL IWSG DAY QUESTION:
If you ever did stop writing, what would you replace it with?
This question got me thinking about my life way, way back. Most of you know writing saved me. It was the one way I could get in touch with, and solve, most of my troubles—without dragging the world in after me.
Writing has gotten me through so much I don’t think I could, or would ever want to, give it up. Which led to what I thought—at first—was my stupid question:
Is there such a thing as a positive addiction?
The answer is yes, and here’s what I found.
“The term “positive addiction” was advanced by William Glasser in a book with the same name. His focus is primarily the activities of running and meditating, though he offers many other examples from the experiences of others. Glasser claims that positive addictions “strengthen us and make our lives more satisfying.” They also enable us to “live with more confidence, more creativity, and more happiness, and usually in much better health.” Positive addictions, unlike their negative cousins, enhance life.” From Psychology Today.
The keywords for me were: activity that enhances life. I’ve said writing saved me. What I didn’t know was I’m an addict.
Another example of positive addiction is from BrainWorldMagazine:
Musicians report ecstasy from their renditions of great music, and actors experience ecstasy when the audience applauds a great performance.
It makes sense to me because I’ve heard more than one writer share writing from inside a waking dream, or lost so deep in a scene that they cried while capturing it.
For me, escaping into a world of my own making and acting out all kinds of wild and crazy scenarios helps me cope with my daily life. It is my go to when I need to escape. It’s dragged me out of depression and back into that daily life.
Now your question:
What do you think: are you an addict?