Most of my life I have had impulse control issues.
There are some parts of my life that I am very thankful for having them, such as never having been too shy or had the time to think myself out of initiating conversations with people, dedicating some part of my life to pursuing things that interest me regardless of their relevance to my responsibilities, and for the fun that is had being playful and unpredictable.
However...there are times when impulse control issues have cost me big time, and others where I nearly lost one of my nine lives because of them.
One quick example. I was working as an IT consultant at a large insurance company. My friend Jeff gave me a can of "Silly String" that he did not want. What did I do with it? A few minutes later the chief information officer of the company came into the office that me and two other guys shared (an old conference room) and moments after his entry, I blasted him with the silly string. He actually laughed. He and I were cool with each other, which I knew somehow and which ultimately assisted in causing me to move forward with the act.
But my boss, oh dear Jesus, my boss turned white. He looked like he had seen his own ghost. Man oh man, did I get lectured, e-mailed, etc. for that. Later, I found out that the president of the company wanted to fire me for it! But my boss actually pleaded to keep me, because I was of great help to him, and because he knew that me and the other guy were cool. I actually started taking the CIO to the gym at lunch a few days per week. Haa!!!
So that's ONE of my impulse control issue stories.
Common themes I've heard expressed while conversing this topic with others in the past include acts like shoplifting, promiscuity, expenditure of money, etc.
Anyone else have trouble dealing with pursuing one's inclinations, regardless of how silly they are?