Consume – SoCS


Have consumed.
Have. Been. Consumed.

This is a word that strongly – strongly – describes my personality.  If an idea enters my mind, you can be almost guaranteed that I will become consumed with it at some point; the point at which it consumes me will be directly related to what I am currently being consumed by and how strong that consumption is.  If I am “into” something, I am wholly and completely “into” it.

I am rarely consumed by more than a few things at a time, and given that two of the things I am constantly consumed by are my husband and my children, you can imagine how I move between other items of consumption.  You might also call them “variable obsessions.”

Because, let’s be totally honest, another major flaw detail of my personality is that nothing keeps my total and completely consumed attention forever.  I do move from one thing to another, as the obsession-snagging abilities of things are forever changing, depending on what else is in my brain at any given time.

Confused yet?

Some examples would probably help.

Writing wholly consumes me, when I can keep its momentum going.  This works largely in my favor, when I have the ability to maintain said momentum.

I will play the piano for hours at a time, daily (several times a day years ago, pre-kids).  Until I stop for a day for one reason or another.

I like to make jewelry.  Once my jewelry-making tools come out, I will make necklaces and bracelets and earrings for everyone I know.  And then it gets put away for awhile.

I also like to scrap-book.  Those things come out, and I will complete a whole book or two within a few days to two weeks, depending on the size and length of the books.  Then everything gets packed up for awhile.

One summer in college, I watched almost all of the Julia Roberts movies that had been made up to that point, within something like a week.

Netflix binge?  Yeah, that’s a thing.

Drive to eight stores in one day looking for a very specific scarf?  Or sweater?  Or pair of boots?  Done that.  Do it again the next day because you ran out of time but didn’t find the item?  Done that too.

I will eat the same food every day for two weeks and not get tired of it.  Until I’m tired of it; then I’ll do the same with something else.

The main downside to this is that it comes with what seems to be the inevitable “fall off” point.  With some things, I guess it doesn’t matter either way; it’s not a huge deal if I don’t make any jewelry for a couple of months.  With some things – like writing – I can control it to a certain extent, holiday time crunches notwithstanding.  With things like running and other exercising, it’s a huge deal.  I find the best I can do is try not to let the fall off happen, or if it does, to shorten it as well as I can by re-motivating myself to get back to letting the exercise – or whatever – consume me again.


This was written for Linda G. Hill’s weekly SoCS challenge.

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16 comments for “Consume – SoCS

  1. December 28, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I can so relate to many things on your list. But mostly writing. Once I start I know I won’t be able to stop, so I tend to not start unless I know I’ll have lots of time on my hands. Which sucks in a way, because I spend more time putting it off than I do doing it. 😛

    • December 28, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      That can be my first tendency with writing too. I have learned to fight against it, otherwise I would never write anything! I end up writing a little here, a little there, and it adds up pretty quickly.

  2. December 28, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I think most of us who write are consumed by what we do. Nice job.

  3. December 27, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    I read myself in this because I do everything you describe. Right now it’s crocheting and watching Criminal Minds on Netflix. 😉

    • December 28, 2014 at 11:40 am

      I LOVE Criminal Minds… and need someone to teach me to crochet. Cause you know, I need another obsession :-).

      • December 28, 2014 at 11:49 am

        I LOVE crocheting! My grandma taught me when I was young but it didn’t click until my sister retaught me about ten years ago. I love creating things. I would teach you, but I don’t think we live in the same state. Lol

        • December 28, 2014 at 6:01 pm

          Would you believe Akismet thought you were a spammer?? That jerk! lol

          I had a friend teach me one stitch/technique when I was 12, but I never learned more than that; so then I got bored with it, and of course I lost it. I would love to learn again.

          • December 28, 2014 at 6:06 pm

            Lol! I wonder if you could learn it on the Internet. YouTube videos or something. Anyway, it might be possible. I enjoy it, but I seem to do it in fits and starts rather than consistently. I have a project in my bag I started a year ago. 😉

          • December 28, 2014 at 6:08 pm

            I’m sure I could. Given that I do everything else in “fits and starts,” I’m sure crocheting would go that way for me as well. That’s probably why I don’t go look it up on YouTube… Oh, and also because my hubs would probably have a stroke if I picked up “one more hobby.”

          • December 28, 2014 at 6:09 pm

            Haha. Yeah, best to stick with a few things so you save your husband’s health. 😉

          • December 28, 2014 at 6:11 pm


  4. December 27, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    When you wrote about playing piano for hours, I realized I can do that with guitar, or painting (creative things) which can make me forget all about time. Being consumed by the creative is a gift.

    • December 27, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Sometimes I think so. And other times I allow myself to be consumed by guilt that I’m not doing more “constructive” things. Le sigh.

      • December 27, 2014 at 9:28 pm

        I know, but we need creative time to maintain or enhance our mental heath. Its one of those balancing things.

        • December 27, 2014 at 9:36 pm

          I’m going to keep coming back to read this comment.

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