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Getting Addicted To Being An Astronaut
It doesn’t escape me that ASMR can be addictive. Just the other day I came across another ASMR website where an individual named Sydney talks about how ASMR can be addictive, but how they also make sure to demonstrate vigilance in regards to that. In fact, that page I just linked to covers pretty much all the things I’ve considered to be bad about ASMR. It can be addictive, and it can stifle social interaction…but that is the world we live in. Unfortunately I believe that individuals who rely on ASMR for social interaction too heavily, and over time let their social ties degrade, will ultimately not find happiness and success with ASMR. Individuals who are able to put off satisfaction are proven to find the most satisfaction. ASMR provides immediate satisfaction, but in a world where immediate satisfaction is so readily available, I am certain that patience will become the sought-after virtue of the future.
Personally, I am not a huge fan of increasing ASMR research. What if we found out that it wasn’t real, and it’s all just a placebo effect? Haha. Then people would stop listening! But it never matters if it’s a placebo! All that matters is that it works! As humans, we can do anything. Anything! This means that we can certainly get to the bottom of this ASMR thing. We will, with 100% certainty, be able to learn everything about it eventually, and although we don’t know how long that research will take…I still think it’s a dangerous path to walk. I live in a country where 50% of people don’t believe in vaccinations…and so I do not feel like ‘the people’ are ready for more scientific ‘mumbo-jumbo’ lol. NOW THIS DOESN’T MEAN I’M AGAINST SCIENCE! On the contrary! I am all for it! However this survey that I read tells me that, for instance, China would be a country way more prepared to hear the science on ASMR than the USA or the UK. Obviously the research won’t stop, and trust me, I’m ready to embrace progress! I want to be a cyborg…because I believe the only way to not get taken over by robots within the next several hundred years is to become robots ourselves, and I am ready to become a robot in my lifetime. Bring it on. And personally, I believe the more educated a population is the more they will take to the approach I just mentioned: becoming a robot, or accepting ASMR for what it is [effective]. If you are emotionally attached to being a human, you might not want to become a robot. I guess I am not emotionally attached to being a human. I wouldn’t want to be a monster from outer space, but a robot? I could handle that. I could also handle getting a vaccine though, and…to me those things are very similar.
Right now, we are in the middle [or at the beginning, perhaps] of something that I call “The Emotional Revolution.” I’ve been writing about the Emotional Revolution for a while now, but this pandemic has really brought it to light. I believe that individuals distrusting vaccines is an emotional response, and not a logically derived one. How do we change the issue? We wait for the emotional revolution to happen! Getting vaccinated is not an option – much how freedom isn’t free – but it is a choice. I would be willing to bet that more individuals in China trust vaccines than individuals in The United States. Why? Do you think it’s because they are all sheeple? I don’t think the Chinese government would betray their citizens as hardcore as most individuals might think would be the case. When a country has no citizens, they have no power, and that tells me that China doesn’t want to eliminate all their people. So…what’s with the communism? I’m not sure, but at the end of the day, somehow I feel like the Chinese citizens are thinking more logically, since their kids want to be astronauts and all. That’s a logical choice…wanting to be an astronaut.
Teacher was the second most popular choice across the board for USA, UK, and China, in the aforementioned survey.
What does this have to do with addiction and alcoholism? Well, I feel like some individuals end up becoming addicts simply because the state the world is in! At least in the United States, I don’t think things make a lot of sense. Growing up, people would always tell me “Get a good job at a factory and then you’ll be able to retire in 20 years,” and I thought to myself “I’d rather die.” So I started doing drugs and shit because, well, that’s the slow way to death. My mom tried to get me to go to college, but she never explained the “why” to me, and so…why would I listen to either of my parents – or anyone in my family – when all of them have jobs they dislike and struggle for money? Yeah…so I didn’t want to take any of their advice.
Today I can tell you, forsure, that not taking their advice was the best thing I’ve ever done haha. HOWEVER! Becoming a raging alcoholic was the worst thing I’ve ever done! It was so foolish. If you are reading this, I need you to take this next sentence more seriously than anything: If you find yourself slipping into addiction or alcoholism and you want to avoid it, do something fucking crazy. Like moving to another city, or starting a business, or going to college. If you are already an addict or an alcoholic, then I am not so sure that jumping into a new scenario will help you unless you also practice constant vigilance. I moved out of my grandparents house [moving out on my own for the second time in my life] at 25 years old straight into the Green Tortoise Hostel in Seattle. However my goal was not to party and live what would normally be considered “the hostel life.” On the contrary, my goal was to stop drinking alcohol and using drugs! I had stopped showing up to my previous job at the autoparts store because I was on a meth smoking binge [for the only time in my life], and I didn’t want to go into work because I couldn’t function, and I was embarrassed because they would obviously know I was high or something. I’m sure you will hear more about this story another day. I’ve done all the drugs.
Was I tempted to drink alcohol in Seattle? Yes! And I did! There was free beer every Friday and Saturday night, and although I knew I shouldn’t drink, I did sometimes imbibe. I only got blackout drunk a handful of times in Seattle though, vs the previous several years where I had been getting blackout drunk at least once per day. Also, Seattle turned out to be a launching pad for a new type of friendship, because from that city I went to San Francisco, and in San Francisco…things were different. The temptation to use drugs was squashed by the in-your-face destitution; the homelessness crisis within The City/The Bay/California.
Slowly but surely, I walked my way out of addiction. Honestly, the toughest part was coming to terms with the fact that I like addicts; those are my people! Not all of them, but definitely there are people who are daily users of drugs or alcohol, and I really do enjoy their company. However, the short term satisfaction of those friendships and acquaintances compares not nearly enough to the long term satisfaction I have received from avoiding those types of friendships. These days I have very few friends, but I am looking to build more social connections! I want to be friends with other business owners, and blog writers, and people who want their children to want to be astronauts!
Whew! This was a damn ramble session! I just lovelovelove to ramble. Usually I do it on my personal blog, but since I write this blog everyday now I have really been neglecting my personal blog. I still write ‘personal stuff’ at least once a week, but I don’t edit it or publish it; I just let it sit in a folder.
Without further adieu! I would like to show you an ASMR video which I believe will offset some of the stress I may have just plopped upon your radar. In fact, I felt comfortable telling you some of the things I’ve told you today because I had already chosen to the below as today’s Video Of The Day. But assuming you wouldn’t be having a panic attack while reading my website, I figured you could handle the extra stress upon this Sunday morning. Especially since it’s all leading up to this…
My ASMR Addiction
x. Spark Twain
Everyday Sobriety Advice
I am a recovered alcoholic/drug addict, but I am not a qualified addiction counselor. To help other alcoholics/addicts achieve sobriety, I have created the mantra’s below. Although I call them “steps,” I believe that all four mantra’s should be recited in concurrence.
When the urge to drink alcohol or use drugs comes upon you, I suggest reciting these four steps, and then implementing an activity to “kill time” until your urge to use drugs/alcohol is less intense. I suggest you use ASMR videos to “kill time”
Good luck, My Friend
Below are the steps of admittance required for using The ASMR.Community Sobriety Program [ACSP] successfully.
Step 1: “Sobriety is a choice, and it is up to me to make the right choice.”
Step 2: “Not everybody will be able to achieve sobriety, but that knowledge does not prevent my success regarding sobriety.”
Step 3: “The urge to imbibe (substances that I know will prevent my success) is finite. Sometimes the urge will exist, sometimes the urge will not exist.”
Step 4: “Sobriety is not the same for everyone. Success is.”
I believe the steps I listed above are a complete, non-exclusionary list of all mental admissions needed to achieve your goals regarding sobriety.
Everybody’s definition of sobriety is different, but everybody’s definition of success is the same.
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If you would like to learn more, make sure to read our Philosophy Of Addiction Recovery 1.
For more daily support, check out Sober James on YouTube. He does a livestream every night at 21:00 Eastern Standard Time, and his live streams are a great place to receive support, gain motivation, and listen to encouragement in regard to addiction recovery. His program is based on the Twelve Steps.
SMART Recovery is another great program for individuals who are ready to tackle their addictions.
If you are seeking spiritual guidance, I highly encourage you to check out Tarot Reader ASMR. Her name is Amalia, and she is a kind-hearted individual with a skill for bringing us closer to ourselves.
Don’t underestimate the power of Yoga! Specifically Yoga With Adriene. My shoulder is broken, and so you can do some Yoga for me too. I really wish I could…
If you are looking or more information about ASMR, I’ve found the best place to learn about the subject is ASMR University. Their information is accurate [to the best of my knowledge], and plentiful. I mostly work with the application of ASMR, but there is a whole lot more to ASMR than using it to gain sobriety or fall asleep, including the history and the science of it.
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