Yes, you read that right:) I'm addicted to going outside for a walk.
I'm no addiction specialist but I think of addiction as something you absolutely positively really NEED to have and are miserable without. Something that is VERY hard to give up. Something that makes you feel good.
OK, I'm stretching this concept a little since most addictions are thougth of as bad things (smoking, drugs). I know walking is a really good addiction to have. It's my main way of staying in shape and clearing up my mind. Some people meditate, I walk. Music or NPR in my ear, sneakers on and I'm off.
Most days during the week I get up at 6am to go for a 40 min walk before my kiddo is up for the day. This is not very fun in Boston in the winter, but I bundle up and by the time I get home I'm refreshed and hating the cold just a bit less.
But here's the downside of my walking addiction: On days when I can't get a walk in, I'm kind of a mess. Like today. It's rainy -- really really rainy -- and cold and windy and on top of that, we've had a crazy busy day which hasn't left time for a walk. I did consider going out a few minutes ago but it's just too horrid outside. And boy, does this get me down:)
So there you have it -- even good addictions have a downside, I guess.