The saying “easy to make, impossible to break” often seems to apply to habits. Why does a habit seem to plague us for years? One I still haven’t mastered is nail biting. It used to be horrible. We tried painting my bails with this horrible tasting nail polish on my nails (at the recommendation of our orthodontist, oddly enough) Then, when I got braces, (obviously by our orthodontist … do you see a theme here?:) I couldn’t chew my nails anymore. I do it occasionally now (I know, I know:) but not even close to what it was before.
Some habits are destructive, like chewing my nails. They could hurt my fingers and my teeth. Those kind of habits need to go. Other habits, like hanging your towel backwards might not be worth going to the death over. Part of maturity is deciding what habits need to go, what aren’t worth it, and which ones are worth keeping. Yes, keeping! If you asked me what habits I have, I would automatically think bad ones. But in reality, much of my daily life is a habit. Making a list of my day ahead before I go to bed. Habit. Eating granola for breakfast. Habit. Laughing with my mom. Habit.