This Year’s Vice…
December 13, 2009
I give up a vice every year just make sure all of my vices know who’s boss. I have just a few rules to follow:
1. The vice must be given up for one year.
2. It has to be a vice not a sin to qualify.
3. Failure is not an option.
It all started in 2008 when I gave up smoking for a year. It’s not that I was a heavy smoker, I was casual about it, but I knew it was a top rated vice I didn’t feel brave enough to fight. I infrequently smoke if there are cigarettes around, but can usually avoid them for a few weeks at a time. I have a pipe on Sundays with my reading group.
This year I gave up the grand-daddy of all habits: coffee. Even saying the name brings a tear to my eye. It was pretty obvious at the time that having two pots a day needed to be curtailed. In case you haven’t guessed, I’m not exactly the curtailing type. So I’m just wrapping up this year without coffee and I’m looking forward to January 1st, 2010 like it was Christmas morning. I’m not sure if I’m going to have a cup of joe just after midnight and screw up my night’s sleep or if I’ll wait until morning to wake up to the glorious smell of fresh ground beans. I don’t know, but my life takes an upturn every time I think about that dilemma.
This year I had a list of vices to choose from, I could give up smoking again, but that seemed kind of redundant. I put cussing in the category of vice, though it’s more of a sin to me. So I could give up cussing, drinking, sweets, Facebook or television. I’ve decided it has to be Facebook.
Why Facebook? A lot of the decision came from my immediate response to the idea, “Well, it can’t be Facebook. That’s how I maintain friendships and…” BZZT! You just lost the contest, Facebook. As soon as it seems like it’s something I can’t live without I have to prove to myself that it’s easily done. It’s not forever, it’s just for a year. Plus, if I end up making Twitter into a new vice I’ll have something new to give up next year.
So the rules are that for 2010 I can’t log on to Facebook. I don’t want to shut down the account, because I still want to keep my friends for when I pick it back up in 2011… assuming some other on-line cult-like waste of time doesn’t sweep the culture by then. I’ll just ban the IP address on my browser, leave a final post that warns everyone that I’ll be off for a year and forbid any FB notifications to my email. If I need to change anything on the page, my Beloved will have to do it for me.