Blog #264: Vices

“Well guys, a guy’s gotta have a view vices, don’t he?”

-Walt Disney

We have those immoral activities that we love to do: whether its for stress relief or just because we do it for the hell of it. These activities are called vices and vices, like self-control, can be controlled but it’s really up to the one having the vices.

What I mean is that vices are often viewed as that distraction we all want to have. But a lot of vices have consequences to the human mind and a lot of neurodiverse individuals don’t understand that their vices can do more harm than good.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with having a vice once in a while. I have a vice once in a while myself, but before I became more self-aware of myself, the vices I had were unhealthy and destructive. I didn’t drink, I didn’t smoke, but I did stress eat…a lot because it was helpful in having me cope with life’s stresses.

It was an unhealthy way of coping and sadly, many people will often turn to the bad vices to cope with challenging times in their lives.

Chris Farley (1964-1997)

Now, if you want an example of someone who had terrible vices, then take a look at Chris Farley. He was a funny comedian from his days on “Saturday Night Live,” but he struggled with the vices of drugs, food, alcohol and women. These vices ultimately cost him his life at just 33 years old.

However, I will give Chris the benefit of the doubt that he tried to keep these vices away through the power of prayer and attending church.

That’s actually a very good example of a healthy vice in terms of attending your place of religious worship. The power of prayer and religious activity can actually help clear a person’s mind. But just praying and religious activity sometimes just isn’t enough because when Chris stopped praying, he went right back to his destructive habits.

Now, a lot of us develop vices because we can’t cope with the pressures of life. I, myself, have developed vices because there are certain aspects of life that I can’t handle. If we have life pressures, there are better ways to control those pressures and 99.9% percent of people can’t control those pressures and develop vices.

If you want help in developing healthy vices, talk to someone close to you and most of the time, they will often have vices of their own that they want to share with you. Sometimes you may connect with that someone more than you think through their vices.

But it’s important to remember that those vices are often times dangerous and for neurodiverse individuals like myself, we may not have that proper understanding because that’s just who we are.

Again, it’s up to us to decide what vices we have that can affect our lives in more ways than one.

Catch you all later!!