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The ASMR Daily 190
Why Now is the Best Time In History [to get sober]
“It is an iron rule of history that what looks inevitable in hindsight was far from obvious at the time.”
- Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens, The Secret of Success
In 200 years; no I mean, in 50 years, they will look back on this time – this crest where the internet has begun to integrate with every aspect of our lives – and they will say: “______ was so obvious! Why didn’t I _____?” Life can not be predicted, although sometimes that is hard to forget.
Did you know that VHS tapes became widely used because the pornography industry decided to use VHS instead of something else called Betamax, which if you’re any younger than me, you’ve probably never heard of. You can read about the whole thing here. And! In 20 years, someone will write about the outcome of the Streaming Wars that we have going on right now. Is Netflix destined to remain the largest media streaming platform? Or maybe Disney+ will be giving them a run for their money. In 20 years, most people will think that the answer was obvious.
How much more information do you think the average human learns these days, due to the internet? I mean, let’s be real, there’s probably places in this world where it’s easier to come across internet than food. Seriously! But also, this means that for people who survive, they will be the smartest in history. Hear me out! The strongest people have always been the ones who survived! But with the internet…the smartest individuals survive much better then ever in history, perhaps better than those solely having strength. This can be seen in the rise of women in the workforce, and in college.
In December 2020 women held more than 50% of U.S. jobs for the first time in a decade. 50.04% of jobs were held by women, up from 49.7% the previous year. Now? Well I’m sure those numbers are quite different. More people know about the Corona Virus than know about Jesus or Muhammad, and I think it’s safe to say that everything is a little bit different right now than it would be if we didn’t have a world wide pandemic.
Can you imagine how crowded Cozumel would be right now if things were normal? And by the time you are reading this, Hurricane Delta will have already made an impact. I know I can speak for the entire ASMR Community when I say: We hope the damage is minimal down there, and We love you, Mexico.
I feel like if we don’t dive into it right now we might get lost in another shy ramble, because honestly, I haven’t even really touched on the point I said I was going to at the end of yesterday’s article. So, without further adieu, I give you! The GOAT!
Mannnnn I miss sleeping on my side. My shoulder is, like, crazy-broken and so I can’t sleep on my side anymore. Sometimes I still do, but I always regret it; on either side.
This man is one of the greatest Asmrtists in the world, not only because he makes high quality sounds, and has a naturally good voice and cadence for the job…and seems to genuinely care about the welfare of his viewers, but also because he is smart about his business. Did you see that advertisement? Maybe I will consider reaching out to Helix, not to purchase a mattress, because I just can’t afford that right now, but instead to see if I can affiliate with their program. If RT trusts em, I trust em! If you are unaware of what an affiliate program is, well, I’ll have you know that I am writing an article about such things to help individuals who create ASMR monetize their channels from day one. I believe strongly in ethical capitalism, and I am ready to defend my stance that pretty much everybody should open a business, any day of the week.
Anyway, back to the lecture at hand. Perfection is perfected so you’ve got to understand! Right now is a better time to get sober than any time in history, because there are so many opportunities!
One thing I know, is that I used to drink because I was bored. Was I sad? A little bit. Was I lonely? A little bit. But to be honest, I was mostly bored. However, once I started drinking regularly to dispose of my boredom, then I got hit with more serious bouts of depression and loneliness. I’m an alcoholic, not an alcoholish, and every alcoholic knows that alcohol is a depressant. It doesn’t make you happy, even if it does give you euphoria. The effects of a nightly drunk last longer than the effects of the euphoria, and anybody who’s drank more than 6 beers in a row or a downed a bottle of wine can tell you that. We can talk about it openly! I bet 7 out of last 10 people you met have settled into an entire bottle of wine at some point in their life [7 out of the last 10 twenty-one year olds]. A lot of people drink a lot of alcohol. But, they are drinking it less every year.
“And although Americans were drinking slightly more in 2019 than the past couple of years – a 0.3% increase, reversing the nearly 1% declines of the past two years – it’s really how much we’re spending that’s outpacing how much we’re drinking. It’s “a clear indicator that U.S. consumers are willing to pay for more premium products,” said Brandy Rand, IWSR Drink Markets Analysis chief operating officer for the Americas, in a statement accompanying the report.”
- USA Today, Mike Snider, Hold my wine.
Okay, I actually think I have quoted that article before. So American’s were drinking less, but it went up in 2019. Still, I think we will see a 20 year decline in alcohol consumption, because, well, it’s damned dangerous!
In writing this blog, and as of late selling shirts for the blog, I am meeting and talking to a lot of people about ASMR and Addiction Recovery. So many people have told me that they stopped drinking “even though they didn’t have a problem.” Most of them I believe, some of them I don’t. You can usually tell the individuals that have a problem but won’t admit it, because, well, when it comes to alcoholism and drug addiction, the problem is quite often obvious. Yeah, sure, you’re older brother smokes weed and has a messy room, but has he ever come home drunk, pissed the bed, and then kept sleeping there without doing laundry for another 3 months? You will know if your family member has a problem that you need to get involved in. If they are still cleaning their sheets…even if you know they have a problem, you need to help them overcome that problem in an unsolicited manner. That’s what I’m doing here. Look ~ You know the story. I’m a recovered alcoholic, and I used to watch ASMR for like 7 hours in a row if it meant I would stay on the couch instead of walking to the store to buy alcohol, and I love to write, so now I write this blog. If you want to quit drinking, boom! I’m here. If I can do it, you can do it. The only way I know how to help you is by writing this daily blog, and the rest…the rest is on you fam. Take a walk, read a book, watch some ASMR, draw a picture, practice yoga or meditation, read about caring for plants or building a sustainable lifestyle, watch a new TV show, or watch an old TV show; You’ve got a lot of options. This ain’t the era of pushing hoops down streets with sticks, and I think that lends itself to a more friendly environment for gaining sobriety.
If you really want a difficult challenge, and possibly a good distraction from your drug of choice, whatever that may be, I encourage you to checkout App Academy and sign up for their free class where you can learn to program computers! The class is, at least initially, taught in a programming language called Ruby, which is designed to make learning coding fun; and it does! Even though I never finished the class, I still walked away with a better knowledge of computer programming than I went in with.
I choose to write beautiful words, not beautiful code; I know myself better now because I tried my hand at that class. I could learn to program; You could learn to code. You’ll never know until you try, and you’ll never succeed until you work hard af.
I am not affiliated with App Academy in any way, but I know this guy who is/was an instructor there, and someday I’ll tell you the crazy story about how I met him! Until then…no; Until tomorrow!
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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