I am truly amazed at what it takes these days to get me out of the house in the morning. When I was newly married, I would roll out bed, get dressed and to work in under 30 minutes. I obviously didn’t wear make-up, shower in the morning, or fix myself up much!
These days it’s a whole different matter. Not only do I shower and wash my hair each morning, but my support system then requires that I:
- Comb my hair & fluff it with my fingers
- Put on deoderant
- Brush & floss my teeth
- Use moisturizer and sometimes under eye concealer
- Put in eyedrops for my dry eyes
- Put on eyeliner (gray) and mascara
- Smooth out my eyebrows
- Fluff my hair again
- Lotion my feet and legs
None it takes very long, but I’m a bit irritated that I have to do so much to look good and feel good for the day. I know it’s pretty simple, especially with not fixing my hair up, but it seems like my daily routine should be easier. At least I have a routine for my support system – it’s much easier when I don’t have to spend time thinking about what I’m doing or make a bunch of small decisions.
That doesn’t take into account the rest of the morning ritual – making the bed, letting the dogs out and back in, giving the dogs a treat so I don’t have to chase the beagle all over the yard to get him back in, making my lunch and eating some breakfast. Whew! I’m glad I don’t have to get a small child out the door anymore either.
Is it all necessary? Yes it is. But it’s worth it on most days. It’s too bad I didn’t make a list of my morning routines years ago when I started keeping my journals. It would be interesting to see how they’ve changed over the years. The biggest change is that I no longer exercise before work. Now I do it during lunch instead. Probably not much else has changed, but I’m not sure.
Word for tomorrow – INDISPENSABLE. If you prefer to work ahead, see the list for the week under “A Word A Day”.
I am a backyard adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com.