Emotional chocolate

“I hate to admit it, but that’s my guilty pleasure.” – lots of people, everywhere

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably heard that phrase come up in a conversation or two. In fact, you’ve probably said something along those lines yourself.

We’ve all got them. Those dastardly little habits, preferences, quirks, activities, thoughts, sayings… really, the list can go on and on. I’ve heard them defined as “emotional chocolate”.

For the sake of this post, I am defining it in two ways. It can be something you take pleasure from, but know isn’t really good for you. On the other hand, a guilty pleasure might simply be something you enjoy that you do not want to go around advertising about yourself.

Perhaps because it seemingly goes against who you think you are… or perhaps because you simply don’t want people to know you indulge in something. Context, oftentimes, creates the circumstance for a guilty pleasure.

So what inspired me to write this post? Two words: Fear Factor.

I love that show. Since it hit syndication a few months ago, I have been hooked. This past weekend I think I watched it four times. I love the stunts, the excitement, and the shock value. And yes… this is a guilty pleasure of mine. Not only do I regularly watch Fear Factor… I will sometimes watch two or three successive episodes in one sitting on a Sunday afternoon. Ha!

So this got me to thinking… what are some other guilty pleasures in my life? So I took some time and am listing a few here:

– Long naps. Not just an hour on top of the covers. I’m talking two-three hour naps under the sheets and everything. Preferably Sunday afternoon (after Fear Factor, of course.)

– When I was in college, I wrote for the school newspaper. I had a weekly column that included my photo. Sadly, one of my guilty pleasures was to have the page open to my column near my desk so someone would – by coincidence – recognize me. Yep… guilty as charged. Ha!

– And finally… I shave my armpits. Yes, it’s true.

So there you have it. It’s all out in the open now.

So what are some of yours? Please keep them acceptable for public consumption. A few examples that might be kept to yourself would be, “stealing cars”, “drinking and driving”, “collecting toe nail clippings”… honestly, if you enjoy these things, let’s go ahead and work these issues out somewhere else.