Tales of the Obsessed
How does one measure the damage done by someone’s pursuit of their obsession?
I think inevitably it is a measure of the disregard one shows toward those other parts of the obsessed one’s life that suffer as a result of otherwise due amounts of attention being spent on the object of the obsession. This begs the questions, can any obsession be healthy and can an obsession really be termed that if the those other parts of one’s life remains intact, functioning or happy.
I think the answers are "no" and "no".
I have to bring this up because I know a fella who is going through a divorce instigated by his soon to be ex-wife. Among her complaints is "an obsession with wine and wine collecting that has disconnected him from his family and created an undue degree of debt attached to the family’s finances."
If not directly involved, one never know the true extent of claims made in the course of a filing for a divorce. But knowing this fella as I do, it’s unlikely that the claim is untrue and it’s further unlikely that he’d ever try to deny this claim.
-He maintains two off-site wine storage facilities.
-I’ve watched him join three winery wine clubs in a single day
-He has two credit cards devoted entirely to wine purchases
-He will not drink out of anything other than Riedel and he has a different glass for every varietal
-He’s always the last person to leave a tasting
-He sold a car to pay for 2005 Bordeaux futures
-He went to Napa for last summer’s vacation, while his wife took the kids to Orlando.
I don’t know if this tale gives any of my readers pause. It did me.
In fact, it made me examine my own life to make sure my own interests are not in danger of becoming obsessions. I think we slide slowly from an "interest" to "obsession" often without even knowing it’s happening. And I think an interest in wine can be particularly prone to becoming an obsession given the variety of wines that exist and the fascination that this variety can breed.
Lesson: If you are going to start a family, make it your only obsession.