4.14.2014

Music Monday - Not an Addict

I was raised in a happy, healthy two-parent family with two younger siblings in the suburbs. We had neighbors to play with who became life-long friends. We were on the low end of middle class, but I never really knew that. My mom and dad were involved in our lives and taught us self-worth and self-esteem, good manners, acceptance, altruism, and the importance of education. I really did have an ideal upbringing, so it's no wonder I was a goody-goody. I followed rules. I got good grades without trying too hard (and if they were bad, I was punished). I respected authority and was afraid to get in trouble. Though I was pretty shy until high school, I made friends easily and got along with all of my teachers. I wasn't exactly popular, but I was involved. I was in band, played fastpitch (badly), belonged to a few after school clubs, and took leadership class. My close friends were cheerleaders and members of ASB. 

So my family and friends were shocked when I started hanging out with the slacker skater kids in 11th grade, especially when I started dating a guy who smoked cigarettes and did drugs. I got in trouble here and there for skipping school, being tardy, and talking too much in class, but it was nothing more than a few (ok, maybe like ten) detentions and one Saturday school. For the most part I maintained my GPA (it slipped slightly in the beginning of my relationship because I was preoccupied), I never broke curfew, and I stayed away from drugs. I didn't touch anything more than a few cans of Bud Light or bottles of Boone's Farm all through high school, and I only had hard alcohol once. See, I was still a goody two-shoes! I'm not saying I was a dream though. I was super bitchy to my family at the time, but that's normal for all teen girls whose parents "just don't get them" right? I was basically Angela from My So-Called Life or Lindsay from Freaks and Geeks. I'm so glad I don't have daughters.


But my friends got bad grades, partied, and experimented with drugs. They got speeding tickets and skateboarding fines. They didn't have curfews, rules, or jobs. They were young and free and sometimes I was along for the ride. I wasn't doing anything wrong, but they were. I never felt like I was in any harm and I thought I was being smart, but I was probably just lucky. Looking back we could have got in trouble so many times, and then there's that whole guilt by association thing my dad constantly warned me about.

Anyway, let's get to the music. This song came out in 1996 by a little Belgian band called K's Choice. It's about drugs and addiction and it's not something I've ever faced, but I love the song sooo much. It just reminds me of driving around our lame town with my friends, doing absolutely nothing (unless you count them smoking pot). I was obsessed with this song and never listened to any other track on their CD. Oh, the '90s.

K's Choice - Not an Addict
Breathe it in and breathe it out
And pass it on, it's almost out
We're so creative, so much more
We're high above but on the floor
It's not a habit, it's cool, I feel alive
If you don't have it you're on the other side
I'm not an addict (maybe that's a lie)



College? Well, that's a different story. Let's just say with my newfound freedom, independence and friends, and no longer being worried about "the girl who did drugs because her boyfriend did" label, I definitely made up for lost time. At least I can say it was on my own terms.

11 comments:

DrayaAnn said...

This song!!!!!! Oh man it was my favorite. We'd drive around listening to it like crazy. We seriously lived the same life only in different states.

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

You LITERALLY just described me in HS. To a T - although I was on the dance team (captain my senior year) but I was the total goody goody, like you stated I did a few things but no drugs, nothing major, followed my not so great for my image boyfriend around and really just did well, wasn't popular, and was shy but was well liked and had friends all over from different groups.

I think I was rather well adjusted and it's so nice to hear that someone else was still cool without having to sacrifice getting good grades. My parents used to ground me for bad grades so throughout middle school and part of HS I was grounded a lot - I wasn't applying myself as soon as I did it was A A A BB some C's etc.

First D or F on a report card I got was in college, my first semester away from home. I had to retake the class. Lesson learned.

Karen M. Peterson said...

I was totally a goody two-shoes and so were all my friends. I remember when one of my friends told me she'd had sex with her boyfriend I was SO SHOCKED because MY friends didn't do things like that!

Oh, the memories...

I'd never heard this song before, but I could see how it could take you back to those days.

Karen M. Peterson said...

I was totally a goody two-shoes and so were all my friends. I remember when one of my friends told me she'd had sex with her boyfriend I was SO SHOCKED because MY friends didn't do things like that!

Oh, the memories...

I'd never heard this song before, but I could see how it could take you back to those days.

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

OMG I remember this song...WOW! I was a very goody-goody. I was the total nerd and geek that people didn't talk to though in HS. Then again my HS was different.

Glad that the past doesn't define who we are today but shows what has become of us. It has shaped us to be the great people were are today.

Jo said...

aah K's choice! Love this song!
I'm still a goody goody :] sometimes, often ...

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

It wouldn't play for me not your fault my internet is playing up

Aubrey S. said...

Gosh, I loved this song so much back in the day.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I got drunk quite a few times in high school, mostly my senior year. I smoked pot twice. Other than that, I was pretty tame. I didn't break curfew until after graduation though. But then, it was on. Ha!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I haven't heard that song in FOREVER! I think I was in junior high when it came out (because everything all of the alternative music from the mid-90s sounds identical - and I miss it!).

I was just like you, except instead of clubs I did all sports and I drank hard alcohol and got in trouble for it a lot haha! None of my friends did drugs though. I guess we thought we were rebels drinking...although none of my girl friends drank so I guess it was just me...oops!

Jen K said...

I remember this song! And we were so much alike when we were younger. It's crazy to think that it was a lifetime ago.