I come from a long line of impulsive deciders. Why wait to think it over when we could just grab and run. If we take a moment to think about or put it off for another day we will often come back either empty handed or with an unfulfilled feeling. If we toss caution to the wind the impulse to do or say or buy now is almost like a sexual experience. A wonderful warm feeling occurs and lasts a few fleeting moments. Moments passing until you realize you’ve made the wrong choice. I can’t count the times I’ve done this. “But it feels so good.” Then later realizing how stupid the impulsive decision was. Did I really need this electronic whatzit? Did I really need to say something idiotic without serious thought? Then thinking about for a moment a feeling of moronism washes over me like a water hose in the face.
There needs to be a 12-step program for impulsive buyers or doers. “My name is Chuck and I am an impulsoholic. Yes, I am an impulsatator. I need help. Please talk me out of whatever it is I want right now.” If not take away all my credit cards or talk me down from my weaknesses in the heat of the moment.
Many impulsive decisions I have made quickly in the past became most regrettable later. Causing endless worry and regret. Causing countless hours of wasted time and anxiety. Almost causing a complete shutdown of time that could have been used for more constructive uses. Yes, I am a practitioner of impulsivism. Can’t wait for anything. Gotta do it now. Gotta buy it now. Gotta say it now before I forget it. So get out of my face! Oh. Hey. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to say that.