You know how most people have some thing they irrationally dislike? Mine is brushing my teeth. To say I dislike it wouldn’t be doing my feelings justice. I hate it. I can’t stand the thought of having to brush my teeth. It is like a mental fight with myself every night to brush my teeth. I just feel like I am wasting my time standing in my bathroom scrubbing my teeth. I understand the benefits of it, and that is probably the only thing that keeps me doing it. That and the fact that Angela doesn’t like to kiss me if I have smelly breath. But I can use Listerine to take care of that.
I know I am weird for hating something that is really beneficial to me but I literally have to force myself to do it. At night I will try to convince myself it isn’t really necessary. I’ll tell myself it will be OK if I miss one brushing. I won’t get any cavities from going one night without brushing my teeth. I also know how stupid the arguments are, but that doesn’t make them go away. You would think over time I would just accept it. You would think I would be rational and not really care about it, but nope that hasn’t happened yet. As I take my contacts out each night, I still debate with myself.
I have an electric toothbrush that tells you when you have brushed for long enough. Apparently two minutes is the right amount of time. I wish dentists had realized that sooner because when I was a child it was three minutes. My parents would make me set a timer to make sure I brushed long enough. I hated brushing back then just as much as I do now. With my toothbrush now, it seems like an eternity before the timer goes off. During this eternity, I often find myself wondering things like, how many times do I need to go over each tooth before it is clean? Why is 1:30 not long enough? When is this timer going to go off?
Just writing this post is making me dread brushing my teeth later tonight. I am already preparing mentally for my showdown with the toothbrush. Inevitably it will win the battle, and it will win the war. I have no idea why I hate this so much, but I do. Enough to write an entire post about it. Brushing my teeth is awful, but having to go to the dentist is worse. Getting my teeth cleaned is enough, I don’t need to give them reasons to keep me there longer. So as much as I hate it, I will keep brushing my teeth.
What is the thing that you have an irrational disliking of? Leave a comment and let me know!
until next time…