So much of our world and culture revolves around sex that it’s really hard to imagine it without all of the sex and the attraction. For me, imagining everyday life without all of that is almost impossible. So much of my time is spent either thinking about sex, masturbating, being attracted to…
Asexuality isn’t celibacy, though a large percentage of asexuals are celibate.
Many asexuals, celibate or not, still want to pursue romantic relationships, and maybe get married. Some have children. For those that aren’t married or have children, there are still close friendships. For some asexuals, close friendships are all they need.
We have just as many things to live for as other people have; what about hobbies, family, a career, and academics? I’m both asexual and celibate, and I certainly have distractions, like tumblr, and a tendency to procrastinate. It’s just that none of my distractions are sexual ones. :-P The important thing is to tune out distractions when you have work to do, though I’d imagine sexual distractions, and coping with them are different. Can’t tell you about that first hand obviously. However, I think non-asexuals who are envious of asexuals’ ‘immunity to sexual distractions’ and believe asexuals are more productive, are underestimating themselves.
Non-asexuals prioritize sex differently, with a lot of variation in what could be considered a continuum; one end of which are those who choose to be celibate because they feel sex isn’t worth it to them, and celibacy is the best decision to them.