I used to be a black and white thinker.
There was right and wrong and nothing in between. But the
older I get the more liberal and understanding I become.
Among my group of friends I’ve always been known as the
motherly figure. I’m nerdy and prudish and I’ve never wanted to change.
Especially when it comes to drugs.
But once I crossed the threshold from high school to college
I started noticing small changes in my “just say no” mindset. For example:
In high school a lot of my friends started smoking
cigarettes. I used to make fun of them and tell them that it was gross. But eventually
I became so desensitized to it that it didn’t really bother me anymore. A few
months later I was trying them myself. And although today I’m not a smoker by a
long shot, my “oh my god smoking is the devil” outlook is less clear. And
cigarettes were just the tip of the iceberg.
They always tell you that only a small percentage of kids
actually do drugs. Don’t give into peer pressure, they say, you might be surprised
to know that it only feels like
everyone is doing drugs. But it’s been my experience that the surprise stems from
meeting someone who hasn’t.
I would say that about 75% of the people I associate with
has, does, or is at this very moment smoking marijuana. Out of my five best
friends from childhood two of them smoke cigarettes on a daily basis. All of
them have drunk alcohol. Nerds take adderall, jocks take steroids, hipsters
take ecstasy. Heck, I know people that do cocaine—recreationally. Shamans have been using hallucinogens for years and
Native American’s smoked tobacco way before the colonists arrived. Indians
brought traditional hookah into mainstream culture. The average American drinks
about 3 cups of coffee per day. In recent years, medical marijuana has been
legalized in more than 20 states. Anyone can buy things like Ibuprofen and
Robitussin over the counter at CVS.
And despite all that exposure I’m still pretty anti-drug. My
personal views haven’t changed all that much. Drugs aren’t for me—and when they
get out of hand I agree that they shouldn’t be for other people either. But until
then I feel as if people have the right to make their own decisions (for better
or worse). Saying that all “drugs are bad” seems to blame the drug as opposed
to the person. It’s not drugs that are ruining lives; it’s the people that
P.S. I know this is controversial post. Feel free to add
your comments below. I’d like to know whether or not your thoughts are lost
somewhere in that murky grey area with mine.
Tiffany’s Magical Music Selection:
Neon Cathedral by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis