Daily Prompt Breakdown Tell us about a habit you’d like to break. Is there any way it can play a positive role in your life?
A couple of years ago, Starbucks’ Christmas theme was, “Celebrate Rituals.” I thought that was lame since most of our rituals ARE celebrations but WHATEVER.
I’m sixty-three years old and right now I’d say most of the habits I have are more part of daily ritual than they are habits. There are things I do because experience has taught me things work better that way. I love coffee, but I only drink one (large and very strong) cup every morning. I eat three meals a day at regular intervals. I eat moderately (but you’d never know that from looking at me, sad to say; genetics has powers of its own). I keep my house on the clean side since chaos keeps me from being able to write or paint or feel free in my mind. I get up before 8 am. I shower regularly. I exercise every day. Are those habits?
I don’t actually have many vices. I have seen what vices do to others and since I’m the last man standing among my more vice-ridden group of young friends, I don’t really have to say more. I think some habits I do not like include checking Facebook, but I’m slowly eliminating that (and I think it’s a vice). For this reason I haven’t been using my laptop as much as “usual.” I’m trying to change “usual.” That means I’m not here as much…
Bad habits I avoid but could be and have been prey to include self-indulgence, low self-esteem, paranoia, envy, thumb-sucking… But is this anyone’s business other than mine?
I think many people looking at my life would find it routine and monotonous. They might not understand that I’m always up for changing the mold because I can return to it. I have the kind of personality and mentality that needs to be grounded for the best things in me to flourish. I do not want to be the cliché of the suffering, depressive artist. That’s no way to BE an artist.