Do you have a habit that bugs you?
I’ll be honest – I’ve got my share of them. I’ve got old habits, new habits – some that I’ve broken but I haven’t gotten rid of them all. I stopped sucking my thumb when I was twelve years old. I did it because the dentist asked me to, and I have never had a problem with it since. I quit smoking over three years ago, too. You could say I’ve trained myself to not lose my temper when things don’t go well – that’s a continual process, but I count it as quit because I’m quite in control.
I’d love to quit some more things, like:
- biting my nails. When I run out – of fingernails, that is – it tends to look bad and I then move on to worrying less vestigial parts of my fingertips. I would save myself a lot of trouble if I could just stop.
- Often I wish alcohol had never been invented, and that’s all I’m going to say about that.
- I’d like to turn off the switch in my head that makes me want to buy things. Right now I’m on the search for a better winter coat that I really don’t need; I’m almost certain that I’m trying to make myself happy somehow, but I don’t think a coat is going to do it, so there’s this epic internal battle over that.
- I’d like to stop making myself promises I can’t keep, as though I’m going to be able to write these long stories – only I can’t get through the first draft because I work so much and my free time is so broken and fleeting that I have no time to get into the groove. I’m seriously considering a change of professional venue right now – and I’m convinced that it would actually be beneficial to our long-term financial situation – but I can’t do anything about that until after the holidays. If I were to do that, it would mean learning a trade in the process for free, becoming certified; taking a modest pay cut now, but with regular raises and wages that scale with the cost of living I’d be making more in less than two years than I am now; better, cheaper insurance; and a schedule that my wife and I can count on and work around. That last one is the real deal, because that’s been the big point of contention at my current job. BIG.
Sometimes I wish there were a way to parlay my bad habits into something that works out for the better, but at the end of the post they are just bad habits and they need to be quit, plain and simple.
This post was prompted by yesterday’s Daily Post prompt.
- Broken – I doubt before I believe | Now Have At It!
- The Needle Meeting | The Magic Black Book
- On Waiting…Again… | soletusknow
- Abusive relationships | alienorajt
- Pumpkins Gone Bad | It’s a wonderful F’N life
- Breaking The Daily Prompt Habit | The Jittery Goat
- S. Thomas Summers | Daily Prompt: Breakdown (Things I’ve Failed to Notice #1)
- Daily Prompt Challenge ~ “Broken” | soletusknow
- Chatter – The story of two sides | Neva Samaki
- Breakdown | Life Confusions
- Daily post: Habits? What habits? | helen meikle’s scribblefest
- Waiting to break | crookedeyebrows
- Daily Prompt: Breakdown | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
- That Breakdown | The Magic Black Book
- Beautifully Broken and all the things in between… | Passionate Dreaming
- Daily Prompt: Breakdown | Awl and Scribe
- Not Enough Sleep | Flowers and Breezes
- Favorite Habit | Lost in Adeline’s
- Breakdown- More Pop Culture References | Blue Loft
- Bad habits? Got em. Do they matter? Not so sure. | RPMAS
- Daily Prompt: Breakdown | Crow Arrow, Inc.
- Raccoons! | Haiku By Ku
- Daily Prompt: Hard Habit to Break | My Atheist Blog
- Rushing | maunderingsofaninja
- Broken | Better Than Reality
- Why fix what ain’t broke? | Liquorstore Bear
- Daily Prompt: Breakdown – BROKEN | Ord i Bild
- Daily Prompt: Breakdown | Thirty, Start, Go!
- #firstworldproblems: Crappy Shows and Inner Conflict | The Otter in my Jotter
- Daily Prompt: Break The Bad Habits | DeafGuy Blog
- Daily Prompt: OLD, BROKEN BUT NOT FORGOT | SERENDIPITY
- Breaking the Habit(s) | The life of T
- Funny you should ask. « Welcome to Forgotonia
- My Need For Clean Denied | momasteblog
- Breaking The Habit | The Nameless One
- Broken | nanopod: hybrid studio
- For the “broken” « Subh Dasgupta’s Blog
- The 3 stages | A mom’s blog
- Procrastination – A bad Habit | Indira’s Blog
- My Circle of Comfort | Wiley’s Wisdom
- Daily Prompt: Breakdown | Mending | Silver Wonderland
- Daily Prompt: Breakdown | Steve Says….
- Breaking Down Old Habits | The Bottom of a Bottle
- Poetry: Procrastination Broken Poem | Wise Counsel
- Discards | CurTales
- Too Much Smoke Will Kill You | Just Visiting This Planet
- Hard Habit To Break | Bright Tuesday
- Procrastination | djgarcia94
- Someday Somewhere | The Mockingbird in Me
- Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl
- Habit breaking | Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl
- Trick or Treat | Wiley’s Wisdom
- Broken, … or Declaring a Breakdown? | No Pension, Will Travel
- Impact | Muddy River Muse
- Daily Prompt: Breakdown | GG’s World
- Daily Prompt: Breakdown « The Blogging Path
- Breakdown: Broken Down | Khana’s Web
- Day 79. Broken. | Forlorn Hope: A Diary Of A Broken Heart
- The Rape of Miss Katie Malone (# 6) | Rolbos ©
- Smash to smithereens | Emotion at Peek
- All is not Lost | Jenkins Rising
- Daily Prompt: Broken | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
- Daily Prompt: Breakdown Habits? Too much time spent on details…! | POMEGRANATE
- The glass half empty | Life is great
This is quite a list. Not at all unlike my own.
Ha ha, sometimes I think great writers drink alike. 🙂
*Holds hand up* I’m guilty of a few of these too, especially the buying to make myself happy, now I’m paying off my years of buying and can#t afford to make myself happy anymore lol
Been there. 🙂 all I can say is, they won’t ever stop trying to get you to buy!
Coats are so overrated! Wrap a towel around your shoulders lol
Ha ha, we live in Antarctica, essentially, four to six months out of the year. A towel won’t do the trick.
We can always find ways to improve. I don’t have the courage to list my bad habits on my blog, but I will tell you that glitter shellac and a manicurist cured me of nail biting. 🙂
See, that one comes and goes, too. Sometimes I do quite well and sometimes I’m nearly uncontrollable.