I take that back, I do probably understand because there was a time that I relied upon Xanax instead of my own powerful self to feel good.
What am I talking about?
The feel good wonder plant for all.
Trust me, I get wanting to have a few drinks on friday night, or as an option light up for fun after work to usher in the weekend. I love that it is being used instead of concocted chemicals thrown into a pill to manage pain. I also recognize how the Native Americans would use it in their teepee as a ritual to discuss tribal tactics.
I have found that its use now is far exceeding those parameters. My 14 year old teenage friend Chey is confronted with its use on a daily basis at school.
“I can hook you up.” A young male friend of hers replied when she simply wondered if he was dealing anymore.
“Why did you start?” She inquired. He explained how he was at a party, everybody was doing it, he tried it and liked it. “It makes you feel like a million bucks,” he said.
“Why do you keep doing it? Aren’t you worried about your coach or your family finding out?”
He said, “It takes the stress off my life.”
Smoking pot seems to be more the norm than not for the young and old, and this troubles me. I have to ponder why so many people need a dependence on something other than themselves. Almost everyone I meet makes reference to it, using it often, daily, throughout the day even, to enhance their life or relieve stress.
I was invited to a professional football game last weekend. He had amazing seats! It was an absolute blast. The camaraderie around us, high five’s all around, screaming at the ref, going crazy when we scored, eating hotdogs, nachos, and other stadium food, it was fantastic!
My friend, part way through our exuberance, whispers how he would “like to have some weed right about now.”
We’re having soooooo much fun! Is this not quite enough, do we have to enhance even this experience? Why isn’t this enough?
We are good friends, and I really do accept people as they are, do what you want. But, it sparked a conversation with myself first and then him.
I teasingly said, “I am high on life, I don’t need it. Do you really need it? You don’t need it.” I chuckled.
He asked if I really meant it, if I really had no desire for it. I said “No, I do not have any desire to enhance this event, I am having a blast!”
He said, “You’re an amazing woman.”
I smiled and we continued cheering our way to a victory.
On another night, I was asked to dinner, a home cooked meal with another friend I thoroughly enjoy. He was making food from his home country, Iran. Oh My Gosh is all I can say! DEEEEEELICIOUS! Just as delightful as the food, I had sat at the counter, my huge atlas opened up studying Iran, asking all kinds of questions about his upbringing, while he slaved away in the kitchen for us. I loved his stories as much as I think he enjoyed sharing them with me.
We settled the incredible flavors in our tummies to a game of old fashioned “Operation.” And then, he lit up.
Is this experience not quite good enough?
Does this too need to be enhanced?
Apparently, it was “really good” from a reputable grower.
This time I decided to take a half of a hit. Maybe I am missing something.
Nope. I did not like it at all. Not for me.
This is not meant to be a reprimand for those who indulge in the lovely plant, or to disparage my 2 friends. They do not have addictions and in fact are brilliant, generous, and kind.
This exposition is meant for contemplation. Let’s contemplate the present moment, and all its fullness. Are we as a society losing sight of the purity of the moment, of the person in front of us, of tapping into our own adrenaline, dopamine, and seratonin, which naturally releases in times of pleasure, or helps us cope during times of trial?
I would love to hear what you think about this subject.
Am I missing something here? I would love to know.
Or could there be some validity in my own reflection?
Release to Unleash!
Do you use Pot and why?
Do you rely on recreational or prescription remedies to enhance your life or relieve stress?