We all have a tendency to obsess over things. Whether it be celebrities, crushes, movies, or tv shows, there’s always that one thing that gets us fired up, even to the point where we lose sleep because it’s all we can think about. We like to think it’s a good thing, as for many of us, it’s what gets us through the day. But just how true is this? Do not we ourselves scoff at those who become too obsessed with our own personal affairs?
As a teenager, I had two obsessions: music and celebrities. I don’t think there was ever a place I’d go without my headphones on, and I can’t deny that certain celebrities (more specifically, musicians) had an undeniable charm that seemed to fill me with both envy and admiration. The great thing about this was that it was so get easy to lost in the glamorous, idyllic world of celebrities that I could easily forget my own worries. The more I indulged in these things, the happier I felt. Unfortunately, the high didn’t last forever, and eventually, I had to come back down to earth.
Once the high died down, it was quite tempting to try to find something that could replace my previous obsessions, and so I did. However, while I succeeded in my pursuit, I had met the same fate. After the high died down, I’d been left with nothing but great disinterest. Eventually, I had completely lost interest in the world and all the vain things it had to offer me.
Today, I see people all around who are just like I had been in the past; obsessing over things that do not really matter, but bring them happiness nonetheless. One consequence of me having to come back down to earth is having to trade that same happiness for a comforting indifference; comforting, as it reminds me that regardless of one’s fame, at the end of the day, we’re all human; none more worthy of praise than the other.
One lesson I have learned from my experience is that when we constantly obsess over the little things, we lose sight of what matters most. When we get lost in our obsessions, we, unknowingly, push our loved ones away, abandoning them in their time of need, sometimes even just for the sake of some tv show or video game. To this day, even I am guilty of prioritizing the things that don’t matter over the things that truly do. These little obsessions do much more harm than we realize, yet because of their prevalence, they can now only simply be considered a part of the human condition. Is there, however, a solution? Possibly the only way we can really fight our obsessions is by obsessing over the right things, such as improving one’s character, spreading love, and making a difference in one’s society.