I have suffered numerous bad habits over the years, beginning with Thumb Sucking.
My parents tried everything including rubbing something on that tasted bad. Nothing worked. Finally, on the first day of kindergarten the teacher announced, “Look around children. We have a baby in the room.” And there they were all looking at ME! I do love commanding attention (still) but that was the last day of thumb sucking.
Then in the teen years there was the Nail Biting habit.
Would you say these habits were symptoms of an insecure personality?
In those days, long fingernails were a sign of beauty (but mostly a sign of control over one’s habitual impulses). I proudly decided to stop nail biting and stopped. Congrats to that determined young woman.
Smoking was another horrible habit which took hold for years until I stopped “cold turkey”.
I still feel rather smug and self-righteous about that and sincerely try not to lecture friends about the evils of smoking.
Oddly enough, Rubbing-it-In can become a habit too.
But now my latest habit involves Reading Books!
Habitual reading maybe?
Habitual reading of special interest books?
Too much reading?
Too much of the same kind of reading?
No, No, No and No.
What happened the other night revealed an entirely new habit to break.
The story goes like this: I was reading a “real book.”
The definition of a real book is one you can hold in your hands and turn pages. If you are destructive you can even write in it or turn down page corners (but this is a travesty and can be considered inhuman behavior).
Anyway, I was reading a real book for a change and suddenly found myself tapping the side of the page.
Nothing happened so I tapped again.
Then I tapped more aggressively.
Until it finally clicked in that I was not reading on my Kindle, and could not tap the margins of a real book to make it turn a page.
I had to turn the page myself!
Talk about a strange habit in late life!
THE PAGE TAPPING HABIT!
THE KINDLE READING HABIT.
THE HABIT OF READING BACKLIT PAGES WITH NO PAPER CORNERS.
THE HABIT OF TAP TOUCHING THE MARGIN TO GET TO THE NEXT PAGE.
This habit of page tapping has become so ingrained I may need lessons on how to read a real book – the kind you can find in the library – or at least some libraries.
I hear some university libraries are doing away with real books and going fully digital.
Any suggestions for a cure though?
I am a Habitual Page Tapper and need help to break the habit.