(Ode to my first blog post back in 2016.)
In light of the most recent news of another famous athlete failing a drug test, I went on a twitter rant and this blog post was created. You’re welcome.
We like to look at the way others cope with life and judge them, when in fact we have no room or the right to do so. Everytime an athlete gets in trouble over weed, the first thing people say is “why cant he/she just stop smoking weed?”
Now my question to said people would be “when has any habit (good or bad) ever been easy to break?” especially if the person has the resources and access to get exactly what they want and need.
Weed is weed, but people smoke it for many different reasons. Whether they are dependent on it or whether its just recreational. I have my own thoughts and ideas as to why they should just legalize it, but that would have to be a completely different blog post.
For someone who has been smoking weed for years, this is now a part of their lifestyle. Weed is in their everyday routine and budget. No they cant ‘just stop smoking weed’, just like Tom cant ‘just stop having sex’ and just like Jessica cant stop drinking, gossiping, minding other peoples business, spending money you don’t have, over eating, cheating…I can continue, but i’ll stop there.
Lets look at it this way, if cigarettes were “illegal” and frowned upon (which they are slowly becoming, admittedly) we could apply this same concept. In 2019, people go to all different lengths to stop smoking cigarettes. They buy gum, they take pills, they wear patches, smoke fake cigarettes; the list is endless. Some, even after all of that time, effort and money that was put into trying to break their habit, still end up relapsing and smoking cigarettes again.
This is why some people end up in rehab. Since weed is an “illegal substance” people get sent to rehab just like they would if they were on real drugs like meth, or cocaine. Just like any other addiction/habit, they have to learn how to live their life without something that they have been dependent on for months or years. They have to change their ways of thinking, they have to find new ways to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, injuries, sleeping problems, etc, etc, etc. Basically altering the reality that has been their only reality for the past however long its been and NONE of these things are easy to do, nor can they be done overnight.
So in my opinion, stop judging books by their covers. To ask a question like “why cant he or she just stop smoking weed?” is like asking “why cant i stop drinking alcohol?” “why cant i stop having sex?” & when you find the answers to these questions, then maybe we can have a real conversation. Then we can start focusing on things that matter, like getting weed legalized. That’s enough rant for today, until next time babies!💞