Substance Abuse

Regardless of who you are, be that a billionaire or an individual, working their 9-5 every week. We all have insecurities, no one can escape it. Insecurity is the root cause of substance/drug abuse and this is why I believe so.

Have a think about why people take drugs. It’s a form of escape, is it not? It gives you the pleasure of forgetting life’s problems even if it’s for a short period of time. Now, insecurity has always been a thing with mankind. But social media certainly hasn’t helped things as of late.

Initially meant as a platform for staying connected, promotion/marketing. Which it still is, don’t get me wrong. However, it doesn’t deter from the fact that it is a factor behind the cause of insecure thoughts

Social media isn’t the only thing at fault here. A number of things could be the cause. But these insecure thoughts have ignited a hunger for approval that we always look to feed.

The mindset of many today is “how much clout will this get me?” The outcome is seeing the most idiotic (sometimes funny) things on social media and just wondering “why”.

To make decisions based on whether or not it will get approval or accumulate “clout points” is 100% insecure. This eats away at you. Human beings long for attention, we like to be noticed and are afraid of being forgotten. Whether you want to admit to that, is up to you. But it’s a fact.

Substance abuse comes into play here when people have said insecurities but don’t necessarily have the means to go about dealing with them effectively.

And with insecurities eating away at you every minute of every day as well not having the right means to deal with them. The natural instinct is to find something that will “numb the pain”

“I hate being sober, I wanted a drug to do” – Mac Miller (Coke Boys TV) Episode 5 #RIP

A common reason behind people having addictions is the fact that they don’t enjoying being sober. Personally, this just says that they don’t like having to be reminded of their insecurities and/or troubles in life. So they turn to something that will take that away or better put, to mask it.

I understand that for some, to stop substance abuse is much easier said than done. And it has become so much of a habit that the withdrawal symptoms could be immense. However, that’s why rehab exists ladies and gentlemen. One step at a time.

People say that I’m always in a good mood or I’m always cheerful. But the truth is, that’s not the case. Every now and again I am reminded of my flaws or insecurities. However I never let that dictate my mood for too long. I think about all the things that I am grateful for & all the things that I could lose and it shows me just how much I actually have. And this people, is a good starting point if you want to fight and learn to come to terms with your insecurities.

Ask yourself this:

If humans were genuinely happy with what they had or the life they lived. Would substance abuse be a problem?

Or would they not even have the time to think about such trivial things, because they was too busy actually living their life?

YouTube Kicking Drill to the Curb?

Damn, you’re really going to do the mandem like that YouTube? 

It has come to my attention that YouTube has taken down a handful of music videos under the “Drill” genre. As a result of police complaints, stating that it is causing the recent issue of increased crime in London.

Seems unfair that this is what is being done, victims of the forceful deletion have taken up appeals to have their videos put back up on the website. But if I’m being honest, I really don’t know how I feel about this… On one hand, it’s naive to believe that music is the main cause of the increased crime and deaths in the capital. But then, on the other hand, youths are easily influenced and there are a lot of  “gassed” (unnecessarily confident/cocky) youths walking around today, wanting to “prove a point” and the music seems to have fueled the desire to do so.

Everyone wants to be Al Capone nowadays, but I don’t see movies like “Scarface” or the Netflix hit series “Narcos” being targeted. Why is that?

Personally,  I don’t care for Drill. I don’t find it stimulating at all. However, there are people that listen to this genre without having malicious thoughts or being urged to break the law. Is it fair to deprive those people of the music because of those that aren’t acting accordingly?

The government need to think of ways to keep youths busy. Youth clubs, after-school clubs were instrumental when I was a kid because it gave me something to do outside of school. So I wasn’t just walking about on the street with nothing to do. A popular verse in the Bible: “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop” has never made so much sense to me before now.  How many youth clubs/extra-curricular activity centres have been closed down due to cuts that the government have made? Where has the money been going instead? You can’t say tax because have you seen the roads lately? Pothole galore, sometimes I feel like I’m back in Nigeria with the way the car gallops in and out of worn out tarmac.

To be honest, I don’t think crime rates have risen at all. I genuinely believe that the media have just decided to give it more coverage than they usually do. At the end of the day London has never been a completely safe place and that is a fact. Like any other city in the world. But it is clear that people want to make this genre of music the scapegoat for what is happening at the moment. Similar to how a lot of people we against Hip-Hop in the late 80’s and early 90’s because of its “glamorisation of violence and drugs“.

Then again, some of the lyrics that people are coming out with are ridiculous, I have heard things like “stabbing man in the chest and licking the blood off”. I’m sure you can tell that I’m paraphrasing, but it was along those lines. With shit like that on the internet, you can’t be surprised at the outcome.

The youth are literally the future, so we need to put more effort and thought into their development. Because at the moment, a lot of them are little shits with no sense of discipline. It will only get worse if something isn’t done and done fast.

God Bless.

 

Fame: A Path Leading to Insanity?

Fame, to be famous…

Society does an extremely effective job in making it look all glitz and glam on TV and via the internet. But; behind the whole “La Vida Loca” lifestyle, celebrities are suffering from drug addiction & abuse to a variety of mental illnesses.

I feel like this is always the end game to fame, excluding a handful of individuals that haven’t allowed the beast we call fame to consume them and leave just a shell of what they once were behind. The ones that weren’t so lucky however are in the hundreds, a number that just keeps on increasing. The thought of constantly being in the public gaze, being under constant scrutiny. This will gradually weigh down even the strongest person, the stifling feeling of not being able to be yourself anymore because of what people may think or because of the image you have to uphold to the public.

Before you begin to scream “You shouldn’t care what others think”, we have to take into consideration that a celebrity is nowhere near as effective without their following. So to quickly disregard the thoughts and feelings of the said following, will be detrimental to the career they worked so hard to establish.

Child stars are the most vulnerable in cases like this. Children will always look for validation from people around them, so being around the wrong people will seriously damage their development. A perfect example of this is the majority of Disney stars that starting acting from a young age. Raven Symone, Orlando Brown, Miley Cyrus, Lindsey Lohan etc.

What do these celebs have in common?

They were all young stars that experienced breakdowns, both mentally and physically due to being constantly in the spotlight. They turned to drugs for comfort. (Orlando and Lindsey more so than the others). When I say drugs I don’t mean your common spliff of weed. I’m talking about Heroin, Cocaine, Pills etc

My point is that parents are so keen to enrol their kids to be young celebrities nowadays they forget they need to also have a constant and stern presence in their child’s life to keep them afloat and avoid the “downward spiral” that we have seen so many times before. That is the difference between the kids that have gone through young stardom and come out fine, in contrast to the ones that are now washed up addicts… the actions of the parents/carers.

With fame, making a mistake is the be all or end all. And for a celebrity, knowing that can mess with your head on another level, thus causing outbursts of erratic behaviour.

I just COULDN’T talk about erratic behaviour without mentioning Kanye West…

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His recent comments on Twitter regarding his support of current POTUS Donald Trump have caused an uproar amongst black people. But the majority of the anger/disapproval is directed towards Kanye saying that “slavery was an option“. As well as the musician comparing himself to slavery revolutionists such as Harriet Tubman.

Many believe that it is all a ruse to gain promotion for his upcoming album. I accept that this method has been used before by other musicians but I believe that Kanye really is in the “sunken place”. He just hasn’t seemed right ever since the death of his mother, something he blames himself for.

Being affiliated with the Kardashians doesn’t exactly help either, anyone that comes into close contact with that family seems to go insane one way or another. Also with fame having the same effect on people as a drug, it could also be a way of catching everyone’s attention. Which only gives the whole album promotion argument even more plausible.

In conclusion, I wouldn’t particularly want to be famous. Just successful. Because once you’re famous, people will pray and plot on your downfall. So personally, I would rather live my life privately and comfortably.

God Bless.