There are things in life that you really should do, but sometimes they are a little bit too difficult or you simply really can’t be bothered. Sometimes you have every good intention of going ahead and doing what you need to do, but then a bit of complacency washes over you as you become happy enough to wallow in less than perfect.
Here’s a list of things that I really should do, but never end up doing:
– Going to the dentist. You put it in the same vain as going to the doctor which is only when necessary, but really you should be going on a regular basis. I left it for six years once. That resulted in 14 fillings and two wisdoms being extracted.
– Flossing your teeth. When you actually get to the dentist, they take one look at your teeth and say “You haven’t been flossing. This is very important.” I made an effort just before I came to the appointment, but they know. They’re like Mums. Mums secretly know everything.
– Picking up rubbish that you aim at the bin in a basketball-style 3 point shoot, but it falls on the floor because you either can’t aim or it’s at max capacity. Then it sits in a nice little ring around your bin until it gets so bad that you can’t actually see the floor.
– Drinking eight glasses of water a day. And when you do make an effort, you end up peeing litres all day long.
– Hand washing your delicates. They are called delicate for a reason, but hand-washing takes way too much effort.
– Washing your hands after you pick your nose. You have a sneaky little pick n’ flick, and two seconds later, you’ve completely forgotten that you’ve subjected your food handling digits to a snot producing cavity.
– Saying no to that one more glass of wine.
– Using your gym membership to its full capacity. You go in full guns blazing and sign up promising yourself that you are going to get abs of steel. A month later, you’re on the couch with chocolate crumbs all over your shirt.
– Eating all of the fruit and vegetables you buy at the supermarket in your weekly shop. The fruit sits there in the bowl sending SOS signals to stop dying a slow death. Half a tomato has shrivelled to peanut size in the crisper, as you wonder what it is 3 months later. And you know it’s bad when your over-browned bananas can’t even be used in baking.
– Logging into facebook when you’re tired, when you really should just go to bed. There goes an hour of what should’ve been in deep slumber, but instead is spent looking at people you don’t really know and their photos while trying to think of a clever status update.
– Putting away the king size block of chocolate after you eat one row. Holy cows in India. I swear that whole block forced itself into my mouth.
– Going for a run when you are giving yourself 101 excuses not to.
– Sitting up straight. The same goes for walking tall with your shoulders back. You know you really should, but so easily forget that you want to be kind to your back and not end up looking like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. And how many of you sat up straight after reading this?
– Keeping your stuff tidy and sorted. You’d think doing a little bit at a time on a regular basis would be easier than having a mare when you cannot locate an important number that’s needled its way into a haystack.
– Listening to your own advice. We love to dish it, but can never manage to serve up a portion on our own plate.
We know exactly that we should be doing what we’re not, or what we’re putting off. But sometimes we just let it slip and merely allow ourselves to glide on cruise control. So during writing this I am making an effort. I used some bananas in their senior years for baking purposes, poured myself a large glass of water and flossed my teeth before I went to bed last night. Yep, I’m now sussed for another six months of being guilt-free.