A Candy Crush

“Sometimes I think that the one thing I love most about being an adult is the right to buy candy whenever I want.”     ~Ryan Gosling

I’m like a toddler in a candy store. Eyes wide and wanting it all. It’s such a tease to come this far and only get a taste. Temptation is at its highest. My dreams taste like Cotton Candy. My mind is scattered like Skittles. My body is hot like an Atomic FireBall. My endorphins are soaring from all the Hershey Kisses. And my energy is raging from all the sugar. I love the sugar rush. I crave it!

It’s so unfair to see everything in front of me, but keep being told no, not right now, or you’ll spoil your dinner. I don’t accept those answers well. Never have and likely never will. Willpower? Self– restraint? Anger? Sadness? Yea, I’ve tried them all. Each ends up backfiring and I find myself walking back to the candy store for more.

Can’t we just stay awhile? Can’t we just linger and browse the aisles a little longer? Our time always goes too quickly. This is all your fault. You brought me here. You’ve held my hand the entire time. And you’ve told me I can choose whatever I wish. But the choice isn’t that easy. There are so many options to consider.

I want to live my life like a kid in a candy store. No worries of the consequences the sugar may cause my mind or body, no fear of the repercussions of having sweets before dinner, and no judgement when I choose my candy based upon the wrapper. Because sometimes, shinier does equal better.

Most days, I’m indecisive, but when it comes to satisfying my sweet tooth, I don’t waver. I’ve never been one to only want a piece. When it comes to sweets, I want the whole damn bag. And I won’t share. But it should come with a warning label. Caution…The candy you are about to consume may cause a sugar rush or lead to an addition.

How can something that’s so “good” be so “bad”? Or is it? Everything in moderation, even candy, right? But truth is some choices are better than others. You should know the consequences before making the choice. The price you pay could leave you with more than an empty wrapper, rainbow-stained fingers, or an unsatiable sugar habit. The sugar rush always feels amazing until the crash…

The addition pulls you back to the store for more and the price you pay is more than the cost of the candy. Your sweet tooth cravings are stronger and more intense now that you’ve had a taste. But small changes can lead to sustainable results. The time has come to start shopping for a different brand, find a new favorite, give my tastebuds a new taste, nourish my mind and body with healthier options.

Sometimes as sweet as a SweeTarts and others as bitter as Lemonheads, you gave me my biggest sugar rush. You were my candy crush. But even the sweetest candy has an expiration date.

Candy “has more subtlety than its taste. It affords a fleeting spike of pleasure, sometimes guilty or elusive or bittersweet, like an impossible love affair.”     ~Hilary Liftin

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