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Your Hyperactivity Is Not Weird

A Rant About Why We Shouldn't Think of Active Imaginations As the Necessary Result of Substance Use

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I find it really depressing that a person nowadays can’t be energetic, enthusiastic, and childlike by nature without others accusing them of either being high or just a plain fruitcake. What’s unusual about simply having a colourful personality? 

Not referring to all addicts of course, but to those of you that "have" to rely on drugs—or any recreational substance for that matter—to enjoy yourselves and make magic happen just for the sake of it, I’d say that you’re probably not all that fun and interesting in real life. Fly off to that marijuana planet scientists have been hoaxing us about, instead.

I imagine that some concept of psychedelia has existed since the beginning of mankind, way before addictions were even invented. And speaking of imagining, whatever happened to that exhilarating feeling of letting your imagination run wild without the help of LSD-inducing psychosis? The brain is a powerful creativity machine; people are just not giving it enough credit. Literally killing your brain cells to come up with bright ideas seems pretty counterproductive to me.

With enough patience, finding inspiration by keeping in touch with the world around you can be both satisfying and rewarding. No matter how much some of us may try to hide it, we all want to feel like we belong here with others. Escapism can only do so much to comfort our personal insecurities before it eats away at us entirely, but sharing our dreams with fellow fantasists could ignite turbulent storms of the cerebrum through which we are led to the realm of possibilities. Motivating one another to realize our visions is all the more endearing and exciting than going it alone.

And of course, our journeys wouldn’t be imaginable without that all-too familiar sensation of youthful wonder. In the springtime of our lives, we’ve been guided by our curiosity towards lands of enchantment that gave birth to timeless fairytales and inventions, which would one day pave the way for accessible technologies and resources. Our childhoods weren’t comprised of mindless vignettes then, right?

Unfortunately, many of us have taken detours to "maturity," which today appears to be summed up by either professionalism and/or intoxication, in order to conform to this "work hard, play hard" mentality without any meaning or sincerity. It’s what’s considered "normal." Why are we so afraid to revisit our youth, when we were the most expressional? School tells us to always start off simple when formulating our ideas, but it was because of our outlandish thoughts as children that we somehow were able to open doors to new ways of thinking and doing things.

Nonetheless, I think that we all store our nostalgia somewhere in the back of our minds, always there for when we may need it, whether in the name of innovation or to sweetly reminisce on the period in our lives that once made us truly passionate. More notably, it made us insightful. Children are a lot more pensive than we believe them to be. They give hope for actualization. We didn’t just start thinking as we got older; thought process begins from a young age, regardless of how silly we think we might have been then. A thought can lead to a thousand images, and it could take many, even lasting attempts to develop the film just right.

I think I might’ve gone slightly off track with this one—or maybe not. If anything, this ramble could very well be a metaphor for my own psychedelic trip. My point is, we shouldn’t care too much if others view us as "childish" or "loony." Instead, we should get them to care more about why we think and act the way we do. Let’s pour some colour on the black and white disguise that covers our little domes.

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