What Bad Habit Do You Wish You Could Break?
Here, readers list all of the bad habits they would love to live without.
To my great chagrin, I never seem to finish what I start. My home is filled with half-done projects: a piece of a sweater
I began to knit, a partially painted canvas, an incomplete scrapbook of my trip to Ecuador. If only my good intentions had
been strong enough to keep me going on them.
I don’t remember when I started biting my nails, but I do remember my mother bribing me with a new My Little Pony to get me to stop. (It worked only until I earned the prize.) As an adult, I’ve mostly curbed the habit—except when I’m nervous or thinking hard. I should wear gloves while I prepare my tax return.
San Jose, California
Before I had my daughter, I was always on the hunt for new work outfits. But now that I’m a stay-at-home mom, I don’t really need that many clothes, so instead I shop—too often—for my kid. We already have four bins of clothing she has out-grown, and she’s only 11 months old. I hope my second child is a girl, too.
Overpacking is my weakness. I can’t seem to travel anywhere without at least three large bags.
Despite my best intentions, I always let my car get cluttered. Only when unopened mail starts falling out of the pockets in the doors do I buck up and clean.
Insulting myself. I think things that I would never say to another person—“I’m such a slacker at work”; “Why can’t I run faster?”—or tolerate anyone saying to me.
Lock Haven, Pennsylvania