(That's not really me)I've got a riddle. What's as good as my memory foam mattress, a bag of Cheetos, tinted bedroom windows and my TV? Give up? Shopping. Love it. Could do it all day, everyday, even in place of Cheetos in bed. In fact I like it so much it's really a toss-up which I prefer. And I find pleasure in any type (besides window shopping, of course). It's on the short list of my favorite past-times, closest thing I have to a hobby and it doesn't really matter what kind-food, books, clothes, electronics, housewares, salon products, pet supplies, video games, Cd's, DVDs...alright...even windows----LOVE IT!!!
Yes, I admit, it's a vice, even addiction, but before you judge, tell me: What other addiction is this much fun, relieves guilt and boredom, isn't fattening and you can still drive afterward? Is safe for all ages, OK if the kids tag along, and doesn't matter if you're caught on tape doing it? Name one addiction that's perfectly legal, accepted everywhere, brings smiles to all recipients and has little risk of infecting you with disease. It's almost perfect.
Mostly I shop for others. I'm not big on appearances and can't even remember the last time I bought myself something to wear unless it was for a court date or funeral, but I love to shop for my kids and friends. I have good reason, good kids and good friends.
Shopping even helps me understand and relate to Illz on a deeper level. Just as he can't pass up opiates, I cant pass up Target. But that's where the similarities end because his addiction is just plain harmful, as are most. Mine's only bad if you don't have enough money. That's the flaw. Shopping addiction is discriminatory. If your income sustains it, the mall is your playground and you're met with smiles and courtesy. If not, you're looked down upon by the masses, TV financial advisers and your ex-husband. How unfair is that???
What other addiction is based solely on income? You're only an addict if you can't pay your balance in full next month...next year..or in five..ALRIGHT!!! I admit I'm powerless, ya happy? But you should see my new canisters!!
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