Chopin and Berlioz used opium.
Mozart and Beethoven were addicted to alcohol.
Bernstein was dependent on painkillers.
Despite their addiction, these composers are legendary. Their creative facility is unmatched.
Could their addiction be a good thing?
I won’t go so far as to say that addiction is always a good thing. I’ve seen too many lives ruined by the destructive power of addiction. But I do believe that there is a constructive power of addiction. We just don’t call it addiction.
We call it passion.
People who spend hours and hours a day practicing to become better at their craft are all around us, but we never call them “addicts.” We use a variety of other words to describe them. Disciplined. Passionate. Devoted. Committed. Talented.
According to dictionary.com, addiction is defined as “
Discipline is defined as “
Do you see the difference?
Addiction is being controlled by something. Discipline is having control.
Addiction is destructive. Discipline is constructive.
Addiction is being enslaved. Discipline is owning the behavior.
The same passionate, habitual tendencies within us can prove our utter destruction or our unmeasurable success.
What will be your addiction?