It begins when you're out in the elements. Skiing, sunning, walking. Someone - maybe even your mom, offered you Chapstick. The first one's free.
Dry, sunburned, or winter-burned lips drink in the soft smooth lip-quencher. It feels wonderful.You begin to use it several times a day, then once every 25 or 30 minutes.
It doesn't matter if you're male or female, young or old, rich or not so much. It's sensual: feeling the little stick slide across your lips...sometimes flavored - sometimes not. It gives you that feeling of - everything is O.K., my lips are protected.Then, one day you realize: "I can't live without it." You say to others (and yourself) "I don't use it anymore than anyone else." You believe you're not dependent. Yet, if you leave it at home - you're a nervous wreck until you can find a 7-11 (Oh, Thank Heaven) or some other place that sells drugs - so you can get a tube.
Nah, you're not addicted. Only if you wake up in the middle of the night, and reach to the nightstand for your Chappy. (You always keep one there...as well as the car, coat jacket, purse, jeans pocket, saddlebag.) You have to have it readily accessible, in case it wears off.
Soon, you find yourself buying any lip balm - looking for a cheaper deal that offers the same feeling. Yeah, I know. It's not easy. It is a dependency.You're using every 5 or 10 minutes now. We use it to soothe not only our lips, but our souls.
The more difficult side: there are millions, dare I say billions of co-dependents out there with you. They understand. They're hooked too. In fact, they often have an extra one - in case you don't have any. But in this cold, cruel, world, the little balm offers pleasure and sweet relief, for under two bucks.
Addicted? No. Psychologically dependent - maybe. Or maybe it's just a habit. At any rate, I encourage you to hold your little sticks up high - together we will wave them, and sing "We Shall Overcome." And one day, we will, hand in hand, gather our tins and sticks, and pots, of Blixtex, Carmex, Chap Stick, Burt's Bees, (and the 99cent Store special) boldly confess, "Free at last, Free at last." By the way have you seen the new purple tube?