I’m thirsty for something.
I want to fill that gaping hole.
I want to find the thing that’s missing,
The piece that’s missing from my soul.
Perhaps I need to buy something?
That perfume they’ve been advertising,
That could be the thing I’m looking for.
Surely if I bought more stuff
My problems would all go away.
I’d be just like the models that I see,
The ones they use to show the stuff
To all of us who are upset
With where our lives have taken us.
If I was like Charlize Theron
And spritzed myself with damned Dior,
Then I could look like her, and be like her and have her perfect life!
I wouldn’t feel so thirsty
And I wouldn’t have that hole inside.
But I cannot afford that scent
So I’m not worthy of a place,
Among the blessed, the super models and the super rich.
Instead I’ll just go back to work
And spur the cycle on and on.
As humans we are thirsty for something and this world is so broken that we just chase all the things that give us instant gratification. I know that I’ve used alcohol to fill that hole in the past, but people can use all sorts and companies use that to their advantage. They know that we want to be happy and beautiful and by using a perfect looking model to advertise their products they are sending us a very clear message: buy this, and your life will be perfect. Buy this and all of your pain and your hurt will go away.
But I think that there is a way to fill that hole without chasing all this stuff. I think that we can fill it spiritually and it is far more effective. I know that not everyone agrees with organised religion but I think that a lot of people believe that there is something out there that is bigger than us and that offers people a lot of hope.
There is a reason that in 12 step recovery there is mention of a higher power, and that is because we can’t control ourselves without the help of something greater than ourselves. In times of stress and unhappiness, it is a great comfort to lean on something greater than any human.
I hope that you can find some way of connecting with your higher power because there is sometimes so much temptation in this world that it’s difficult to avoid doing yourself any serious damage. If you are struggling then maybe at least try picking up a Bible and having a read. I find that the Psalms are really encouraging. Even if the Bible is a bit scary, you might find that getting out in nature and connecting with a higher power is easier, or perhaps meditating. However you do it, I think that it’s worth at least exploring these ideas as we are bombarded with so many things that cause us stress.