I, like most people, have some pretty weird day-to-day habits (that may or may not border on compulsions.)
Nothing too severe or debilitating of course – just silly things that sometimes throw a crank in my style, or cause me to write using awkwardly mixed metaphors.
For instance –
I cannot abide nails longer then the ends of my fingers. Even if they come close, I have to cut them down.
When I played piano, I could never start to practice if I hadn’t brushed my teeth.
I’ve written before about how I have to take the same shower every time I step into the bath. At night, I floss, then brush, then wash my face, then moisturize, then put in my mouth guard.
I also have routines for cleaning the bathroom, folding laundry, and making the bed.
I “chew” hot drinks to cool them down.
There are others, I’m sure, but these are the ones that immediately spring to mind when I think about the routines I employ within my life.
They are processes that make me happy, and that help order and becalm my days (and my nights.)
You’ll never catch me trying to label them.
I just find that too many people (especially of late) like think it’s cool to claim they suffer from some kind of behavioral disorder or condition.
Words like ADHD or OCD are thrown around like baseballs or chakrams.
(Side note: I totally wish that I had a chakram.)
(OKAY FINE – I totally just wanted to use the word chakram.)
For example, how many times have you ever heard someone say an iteration of the following:
“ZOMG. I’m so ADD!”
“That’s just part of my OCD!”
Or what have you.
I mean, I really wish these people understood that these disorders aren’t sweaters one can casually model one day and then promptly shove to the back of their closets for the next six months.
These are legitimate conditions from which people suffer, and treating them like they’re accessories is a pretty solid way of stripping individuals – who actually spend their lives working through their symptoms (and as such, their consequences) – of the legitimacy they deserve.
And I understand that it’s hard, in particular when 1.) the individual doing the appropriation are likely doing so without malicious intent and therefore don’t fully recognize why what they’re doing could be harmful, because 2.) our society is pretty crap at educating people about these conditions (or really any illness in general.)
I mean, I’d wager a bet that if you typed in “why do I like to wash my hands?” into Google, you’d probably get a giant red banner screaming:
CONGRATULATIONS YOU ARE OUR 1,000,000 VISITOR TO HAVE OCD. CLICK HERE TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE.
The second search result would most likely be: BECAUSE YOU HAVE CANCER.
(Off topic, but never, ever use the internet as a tool for diagnosis. Stick to cat videos and ermagherd.)
Anywho, what I’m trying to say here is that this lack of knowledge and discussion hurts everybody, and sometimes making silly little statements about our silly little lives can (unwittingly) hurts others.
And goodness knows I’m by no means a perfect example of this – this awareness is something I work on every day.
However, I sure am I’m hoping that one day it will become routine.