Everyone knows the famous Oscar Wilde quote, "I can resist everything but temptation", but it's still perfect. Because that is it, exactly.
I can stand up to the trials and tribulations life throws at me (mostly. sometimes. partially). I can be strong and superhuman and translate a phenomenal amount of words in no time at all. I can be sleep-deprived yet functional, sleep-deprived yet efficient. I can deal with hassles and two jobs and raising children.
I can do all that. Maybe not well, and maybe not with my mental health intact. But I can do it.
But what I can't do is resist the temptation to do certain things. I get a new DVD, I can't resist the temptation to watch it. All of it. I buy a bar of chocolate and I can't resist the temptation to eat the entire thing, even though I know I'll feel like crap afterwards. I find myself incapable of resisting the pull of such things. It may all seem innocent enough - I mean, I'm not hooked on crack or anything after all - but sometimes, this inability to resist temptation can seriously screw me up.
Example. One of my students lent me his Grey's Anatomy DVDs. All of them (though not, thankfully, all at once). I started with season 1 and have been steadily working my way through them.
He passed me the DVD for season 7 not long ago. That's 22 episodes, about 45 minutes long each. Or, if you prefer, over 16 hours of DVD.
And I got sucked in, as usual. After years of being unable to understand the attraction of this series (and whilst still disliking Cristina and Meredith more than any of the other characters), I'm now hooked. So instead of watching maybe 1 or 2 episodes in the evening, I found myself watching several, whenever I could, instead of working. Instead of sleeping. Instead of doing housework.
Result? I watched all 22 episodes in 6 days (watched the last one this morning, in fact). And I'm now hopelessly behind with my work. Not to mention the housework (bearing in mind my clean-freak dad arrives in 2 days too...).
Temptation is a sneaky bitch, really. And I'm powerless.