Originally Published – Monday, May 6th, 2013 “Stay Thirsty, my friends.”
–The Most Interesting Man in the World
Throughout the years I’ve come to find out that while people will go on and on about their wants, not many take the time to look at the fact that there are very few needs necessary when it comes to life: Air to breathe, food to eat, things and people to love…You know, actual needs. The last necessity, however, leads into a struggle that has been going on since the beginning of time: Water to drink. Water quenches thirst and the Thirst, ladies and gentlemen, is real.
I’m not too sure when and where that line came from, but my thought regarding the Thirst is pretty straight forward. The Thirst – this plague, this epidemic that affects men and women alike – can best be described as a desperate eagerness to obtain someone or something else. Those effected by the Thirst will do whatever it takes to get what they want – again a want, not a need – and will often times put their pride, reputation, and self-worth on the line…but why?
Truth be told, the Thirst has gotten the better of us or at the very least, people around us. These people are otherwise great to be around but when it comes to the Thirst, it could turn decent folks to all around creepers. Now before I come off as someone too preachy I will admit, yes, I have had my share of bouts when it comes to the Thirst.
Even though I have never gone through the later stages of the Thirst, I’ll definitely say that I have spent my fair share of time, effort, and most notably finances, on the habit. At the end of the day, though, I would tell myself to learn from the experience so that I don’t go ahead and do it again…but then sooner or later, another tall brunette or whatever comes into play and, well, the Thirst strikes again.
After a while, though, I took a look at how much of myself I’ve set aside due to the Thirst. The hunt involved with the Thirst is like looking for a unicorn. You could spend all of the time, effort, and finances into the hunt but at the end of the day, you will not find it because the unicorn simply doesn’t exist: you are investing yourself into something that will eventually leave you disappointed and empty-handed. If this entry is coming off as a bit too glim, don’t despair because there is still hope to be found.
Personally, I think there is no true escaping the Thirst. It may affect people differently depending on who they are, but it’s pretty much in our nature. I’ve come to the closest solutions when it comes to the Thirst and no, marriage isn’t one of them. As a matter of fact, the Thirst arguably has more of an opportunity to present itself when someone is married. I mean Filet Mignon is great and all, but after having it every day until you die can be pretty offsetting…offsetting to the point where even something as ratchet as cold pizza would be enough to thirst over.
Horrible food/marriage analogies aside, one of the greatest ways to combat the Thirst is all about focus. Focusing on what your needs are vice your wants are plays a huge role in taking the steps towards focusing your energy on what really matters. When I see myself in situations that could take down the unquenchable path of no return, I think of a couple of things:
Time – The time being used here can go towards this could be better spent on so many better things. If I can’t think of something on my end, I think of how I could use that time towards helping others. The Thirst doesn’t stand a chance against its polar opposite – genuine selflessness.
Effort – Going alongside what was mentioned with Time, the amount of effort that could be used towards pursuing the Thirst can be used in many other ways. It’s funny how creative people can be when it comes to the Thirst but we never see a fraction of that effort in anything else that they do. Look at things around you that can use some improvement and if you put the same amount of effort when it comes to the Thirst, you’d be surprised what you can accomplish.
Finances – Last but not least is factoring finances: money. A particular quote comes to mind here and it goes as follows: “You lose money chasing women, but you’ll never lose women chasing money.” This has been said in many different ways throughout the years, but this is probably the best way to go about approaching things when it comes to deterring the Thirst. For the record ladies, the quote itself mentions women, but it applies to men all the same.
Anything worth having in this world takes a lot of hard work and three factors I touched on in this entry (Time, Effort, Finances). Keeping that in mind, if you are not using those three factors wisely, then you won’t get anywhere with yourself in the long run, you know? When it comes to me these days, the closest thing I have when it comes to the Thirst is RNazaire.com. When it comes to going above and beyond to get what I need then yeah, it really comes down to this site. Time, effort, and finances? Yup, still the site.
All in all, be mindful of what you really need in life and how much of yourself you are willing to put on the line to reach them. The Thirst for someone else, whether it is to keep your ego or your sex drive happy, really isn’t worth it in the long run. On that note, if the Thirst is towards something really worthwhile than by all means stay thirsty, my friends.