I was saddened, but not surprised, when I logged onto the internet this morning and learned that Amy Winehouse had been found dead. The cause of her death is not officially known as yet, but most believe she died as a result of her addiction to alcohol and drugs.
27 years old. The same age as my daughter, The Wild Child--that kind of makes it hit home for me. What an absolute waste of tremendous talent and promise.
I WAS surprised, though, to learn that the most famous dead rockers all died at age 27: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain. And, of course, all of their deaths were linked to alcohol and drugs.
It's hard for me to understand the attraction to drugs and alcohol. Why would a person choose to live a chaotic and totally ungrounded life with such unpleasant immediate side effects, even at the best of times? I don't get it. But that's me. And the fact that I don't understand is probably exactly the reason I've never gotten caught up in drugs and alcohol. Because I DO have an addictive personality.
It's been just over two years since I quit smoking--for the second time. Food, fabric, books--I tend to "collect" more than I really need. Addictions? Maybe not, but I'm sure it's some kind of compulsive behavior.
How about you? What's your "addiction"?