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My Colorful Journey To Sanity

Listen up, you fellow Gen Xers! Remember the good old days when we had time to chill and hang loose? But now, we're stuck in the rat race, trying to keep up with the Joneses (or the Kardashians, if that's your thing). We're juggling work, family, and our sanity, and sometimes, it all just gets to be too much. But fear not, my friends! Adult coloring books have swooped in like a superhero, saving us from total melodrama and madness.

I first discovered the power of adult coloring books when I was cruising through Barnes & Noble, pretending I was there just for the free Wi-Fi and the air-conditioning. But then, something caught my eye - a display of adult coloring books, in all shapes, sizes, and colors. At first, I was like, "Yo, this is totally lame. Coloring books are for little kids who don't know how to use a smartphone." But then, I looked closer, and I saw the intricate designs and patterns. And I was like, "Whoa, this is actually kinda cool."

I picked out a coloring book with a picture of a unicorn on the cover (because, let's face it, unicorns are badass), and I grabbed a pack of colored pencils. I went home, cracked open a beer, and started coloring. And let me tell you, it was like a damn epiphany. It was so soothing and calming, like watching a sunset over the beach or listening to Sade's greatest hits. My mind unwound, my pulse slowed, and I was able to just be in the moment.

From that day on, I was hooked. I started buying coloring books like they were going out of style (which, let's be real, they're not). I colored in bed, on my couch, in the park, and sometimes, even at work (don't tell my boss). It was like I had rediscovered the joy of being a kid, only without the orthodontia.

But here's the thing - coloring books are more than just a fun way to pass the time. They're actually good for you! Not only do they reduce stress and anxiety (which, let's face it, we all have plenty of), but they also boost your creativity and mental clarity. It's like a workout for your brain, but without all the sweat and tears.

And let's not forget the coloring medium. When was the last time you used a crayon or a marker that wasn't a Sharpie? Adult coloring books have introduced us to a whole new world of colored pencils, gel pens, and even watercolors. Who knew that there were so many shades of blue or that metallic gold could be so satisfying?

But don't just take my word for it - I've seen the evidence firsthand. My friend Lisa was always wound up tight, like a rubber band on a racecar. She was constantly on the go, running errands, taking care of her kids, and trying to keep up with her fitness routine. I introduced her to adult coloring books, and at first, she was skeptical. "I don't have time for this," she said. "It's so childish." But I convinced her to give it a try, and now she's a full-fledged coloring book addict. She says it's the only thing that calms her down after a hectic day. And she's even started experimenting with different coloring mediums - last time I saw her, she was using a glitter pen to color in a picture of a mermaid.

And then there's my cousin Phil, who is always complaining about his job and his mortgage and his receding hairline. He's the poster child for midlife crisis. But I gave him a coloring book for his birthday (along with a flask of whiskey, because, come on, he's still a Gen Xer), and he's been hooked ever since. He says it helps him quiet his mind and escape from his problems for a little while. And I've noticed that he's been more creative and imaginative lately - he even started making his own abstract designs to color in.

So there you have it, my fellow Gen Xers. Adult coloring books are more than just a silly trend - they're a lifeline for our sanity. They help us tap into our inner child, relax our minds, and unleash our creativity. It's like a psychedelic trip without the hangover or the legal consequences. So next time you're feeling stressed or anxious or just bored with life, grab a coloring book and start filling it in with your own unique style. Who knows - it might just be the thing that saves your sanity too.


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