December 14, 2008
By Tanya Garner, Chapman, KS


Addiction is a big issue in American society. Everyone is addicted to something be it their job, a sport, or even a type of drink. My addictions aren’t harmful to me, unless you consider a lack of sleep harmful. I have two things I would consider myself addicted to; basketball and reading books.

When it comes to reading, I will read forever. I have been known to sit in a comfortable chair for hours on end. I don’t understand how some of my friends can barely read for ten minutes when I want to read forever. I enjoy action and adventure books. They can be funny at times and at other times very serious. I love how a good author can pull you in and make it where you want more. They keep me in the moment never letting me relax. Like in the book “Ink Spell,” I sometimes feel as if I can give life to the words on the page.

At night I do my homework and immediately afterwards I hunt down the book I’m reading at the time. I then go lie in my bed and read. My mother might ask me to come and watch a movie with her but I will pass it up so I can finish reading my book. Because I get drawn into the book, I usually don’t realize what time it is. By the time I put down the book it will be 2 a.m. But reading isn’t my only addiction.

My greatest addiction is playing basketball. Basketball is a way to pass the time for most people, but for me it is my life. If I could I would live and breathe basketball. I can’t stand not playing. People think I am crazy because I love the sport. When it’s not basketball season I think of ways to make myself better. I spent my whole summer in Texas playing basketball on a traveling team. I even had a one-on-one coach helping me with my post moves.

During the off season I can’t stop hearing a ball bounce on the court floor. That sound is engraved into my memory. It is a rhythm that only I can hear. Then when basketball season finally rolls around, I am the one person on that court that enjoys the pain of the first week of practice, even getting up at 5:30 for a six in the morning practice sends a tremor of excitement through my body. Then when the first game nears I feel the calm before the storm. I feel relaxed. I feel as though I am ready to play. School never seems longer than on game days. As fifth hour comes; my hands start to shake, and by seventh hour my legs are uncontrollable. After school I can barely keep myself seated long enough to get through Coach Cook’s scouting report.

Finally it’s game time. The calm that was once there has vanished and is replaced by adrenaline. Once the game has started I am unable to stop. My body and mind are in sync; playing basketball is the only thing that matters. I push myself beyond what I thought were my limits. Nothing can stop me now. It doesn’t matter if we win or lose; I am in it for the long haul.

When the buzzer goes off at the end of the game I can still feel my heart pounding not realizing the game is over, but as I walk towards the locker room exhaustion slowly creeps up on me and I realize how tired I am. When I get home, I replay the whole game in my mind, living out the mistakes and the amazing plays I help make happen during those forty minutes of playing time.

Right before I go to sleep, I think about the many addictions in today’s world, and how my addictions are small waves in the ocean of American society. We all have our little addictions. It helps make us who we are. I for one love my addictions, and I hope that I never forget that.

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on Mar. 8 2016 at 10:36 am
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Very good points, agree with your conclusion...

KatsK DIAMOND said...
on Feb. 14 2012 at 8:50 pm
KatsK DIAMOND, Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
Being inexhaustible, life and nature are a constant stimulus for a creative mind.
~Hans Hofmann
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
~Ray Bradbury

I completely agree. I enjoy the Inkspell series, as well. I have them on my bookshelf right now, as a matter of fact. I have "addictions", which are a positive part of my way of life as well.

s44nepal said...
on Dec. 8 2010 at 9:28 pm
what is the another last name because it doesn't say the full name

on Mar. 12 2010 at 8:03 pm
Someone_Who_Is_Loved GOLD, Mount Forest, Other
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Favorite Quote:
This quote is one I made up.....
"You can't climb a mountian without a harness." It means that you can't go where you want to get in life without the help of your friends or family.

Very good! I like to read too!

ForeignKid said...
on Mar. 5 2009 at 3:52 pm

I love how you described your passions, and I think its great that you have positive addictions, it shows the people that there can be more than only bad addictions...

You described it very well....

Newspaper-worthy: 100 % :)

You go girl!!!

csl said...
on Mar. 1 2009 at 11:24 pm
This is really interesting and well written, Tanya. Reading and basketball are good things to be passionate about. They will keep your brain and body in shape for years to come.

You did a good job describing your passion, and how it drives you. Keep up the great work.

jan said...
on Feb. 28 2009 at 5:44 pm
Great writing, love it when people have a passion and an internal drive, you have it and will get much from life and be able to give a lot back.

Thanks for sharing!

lem27 said...
on Feb. 27 2009 at 1:45 am
The addictions that you have are positive ones. Good article.

lsr said...
on Feb. 26 2009 at 6:13 pm
I get it - I have one who is like that about basketball. I wish I was like that about reading. Your article is very well done - yeah for you!

coloman said...
on Feb. 25 2009 at 8:54 am
Writing is worthy of an NPR short story or Newsweek's "My Turn".

Shannon said...
on Feb. 24 2009 at 8:32 pm
I wish my addictions were health like yours. Great descriptions! I felt as though I was in your shoes. Keep up the good work and you should live a long healthy life.

sueb said...
on Feb. 24 2009 at 7:56 pm
I love your article, I wish I could get more of my students addicted to reading.I'm also pretty addicted to watching high school basketball. Its a great way to spend your evenings.

on Feb. 24 2009 at 2:18 pm
I share your passion for reading and have often lost complete track of time when reading. While I'm not athletic, I almost felt as if I was through your descriptions. Keep up the good work and I'm glad you have "safe" addictions.

Deb H said...
on Feb. 24 2009 at 2:09 pm
Great Job Tanya. Wish I had the reading addiction you have! Do love basketball, just watching though. Addictions can be good and bad, wonderful you have two good ones!! Hope lots of kids follow your steps.

djpeterson said...
on Feb. 24 2009 at 7:31 am
great article ... you put a lot of thought and a lot of yourself into your writing.

silas50 said...
on Feb. 24 2009 at 4:42 am
With all the news about poor choices being made by the youth today, it is refreshing to read about someone who makes good choices and is happy with those choices. Kudos to you Tanya and to your parents.

Kathy L said...
on Feb. 24 2009 at 3:40 am
I hear you on the reading addiction and sleep deprivation!!! I'm right there with ya! Just give me a good book anyday and I'll see you in the morning. I love the way your passion and voice came through as you described your BB addiction. GREAT JOB!!

Ginger D said...
on Feb. 23 2009 at 11:18 pm
I like your addictions they are good ones to have, nice article.

Samiam84 said...
on Feb. 23 2009 at 10:46 pm
Nicely written article. I have to say, I love watching basketball, but never very good at the game. As far as reading goes, I have always read what I "had" to, now that I'm older, wish I had a different attitude, or "addition" for it. Good Job!

hjl said...
on Feb. 23 2009 at 5:01 am
How true about addiction many of us do first think of bad addiction when there are so many good addictions and I think your article points that out Good Job!!

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