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Bad Habits You're Not Giving Up: Why The Angst

Updated on August 4, 2012
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Let me make a list here of things I'm currently attempting to give up or at least cut down on. Coffee, tea, chewing gum, sweets, sugar, procrastination, animal products, unproductive activities, writing fanfic, fandom generally, alcohol and not listening when people talk to me.

So, I make that at least, ah, twelve bad habits or tendencies, that I need to cut down on? But I fear I've been economical with the old actualite. Because the truth is, I know perfectly well that in none of these cases do I have a cat in hell's chance of cutting them out of my life. Well, the question of reduction, rather than abstinence, is arguable, I suppose. Certainly there have been periods in my life where I've drunk less coffee or alcohol, eaten almost no sugar, been vegan or nearly so. (There was quite a long period where I had no idea what fandom was. That was a happy, or at least productive, fallow period.)

Sadly, I know from experience that these periods are quite unlikely to last and are only periodic bursts of willpower! (Still, better than nothing, perhaps.) so finally I begin to ask myself, why expend so much effort and energy on combatting them?

Bear in mind I'm not discussing a truly life-damaging addiction or time-sucking activity. (Or, maybe, well, it depends on how you define it.) Just the little annoyances, the frailties and weaknesses that would render self and life quite perfect – if only they could be eradicated!

But, on the other hand, if it's not going to happen, then it's not gonna happen! What was that quote some genius came up with, about the definition of insanity being doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? So I'm looking at it in a different way. Maybe picking up good habits (regular exercise, healthier food, frequent vegan meals, writing original fic) is what I need to concentrate on. Squeeze out the bad stuff with good stuff instead! It's one approach, right? And it certainly beats perpetually grimacing and agonizing about all the bad stuff I really have no intention of angsting over. Here's to more good stuff!


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