I used to be a very stuck-up person With very rigid beliefs and notions That was all up until a year ago, I've changed a lot since then; I did grow There'd be people doing all sorts of things all around me But I sat levitating amidst with my idea of morality I never even smoked or abused substances And I never got myself into questionable circumstances I consumed alcohol ever-so-rarely And even stayed away from coffee and tea I didn't want to catch a caffeine addiction I lived by a lot of these self-imposed restrictions And although I'm always happy Because I've made peace and joy a priority I understand adult life is really not that easy And it is a sordid labyrinth full of complexities Most adults are really exhausted Many people live lives that are so contorted A great percentage contemplate suicide Fortunately, not many follow through and abide If something helps you get through the day Maybe you should give yourself that leeway There's no need to judge or condemn You, me, nobody from heaven did descend Whatever makes you happy, do it anyway No matter the condescending things they say As long as you're not hurting anybody Whatever helps you forget your worries Every day brings in enough struggles Earning a day's wage or commuting hassles In an unfortunate circumstance If something comes to your defence Cut yourself some slack Over a period, you'll develop that knack Get up, grab a brush, and groom yourself well enough Do whatever it takes to make yourself feel buff Choose your indulgence; find joy in something It could be walking, meditating, or exercising But, it could also be occassional drinking or smoking As long as it's contained, and no one else you're provoking If your indulgence of choice Is something unhealthy or a vice I no longer disregard you, to downgrade and re-categorize Or lose respect and imagine things that are not-so-nice I'm an adult; I know how difficult it is to get through the day And you don't need anybody's permission; let nobody get in your way You need something to keep you motivated Something that'll prevent burnout when you're frustrated Just know there are a lot of good things you could indulge in Indulgences need not be bad; it does'nt have to be a sin There are good picks; like much of my family You could be obsessed with religion and spirituality You could pick some that harm nobody And is also good for your mind and body Well, that's just friendly advice You could very well pick a vice Part of being an adult is the responsibility You decide how to use your freedom appropriately If your selection is something unethical Ensure innocent lives don't get entangled To me, it's chocolate, dessert, grooming, and tea With a side of exercising, meditating, and writing, maybe But even seemingly good things in excess Can get you into quite a mess Whatever indulgence you pick, know your limits Don't coerce another; and pay for your own ticket Remember, just like you have the freedom of choice Don't let it negatively impact another; always think twice Everyone must be given the space to enjoy their freedom too Don't antagonize people for picking a different circus or zoo We're all clowns attempting to indulge ourselves You may be right; but keep your agenda to yourself
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