Hard habits to break-A A +A
Straight from Carolinas
Sunday, September 15, 2013
OVER the years, we tend to retain habits we learned early in life and it is hard to forget them.
I’ve got this habit of squatting when I do a number 1 or when I tinkle. It was my mother who told me that because of sanitation.
Later in life, I can sit on the toilet with the lid already provided the toilet is clean and I’m familiar with it. However, most of the time, even here in US I still squat while I tinkle.
Most Filipino women do it, ask them. Most US public urinals are clean and equipped with what one needs; in fact, their bathroom comes with a cover on the lid though it is cumbersome when the urge is there and you still have to lift the cover.
This habit of mine caused me humiliation last week at the US-Airways. I committed a slip-up at the plane last week en route to Paris. When everything was settled and the seat belt sign was off, I went to the plane’s bathroom to relieve myself.
It was urgent that that when I squatted I forgot to check all and started urinating. The next thing I knew my pants and shoes were wet.
When I looked down I got the shock of my life as the urine was on the floor as I went outside. I looked down and the lid was still on top- meaning I did not open it.
I was perspiring because there was no paper towel, only toilet paper. I dried the floor to no avail, and suddenly the flight attendant knocked, identified herself and asked if I am okay.
To cut the story short, the eight-hour flight from Charlotte to the City of Lights was dull and I was humiliated by myself despite my mind saying” everything would be okay.” I did not take any liquid and was just closing my eyes for the duration of the flight.
This might be funny for some but not for me. I am writing to prove a point that habits are hard to forget.
So when one is on a plane, especially an international flight, familiarize yourself with the basics by going online and learn what to expect for instance on the lavatory and bathroom. Ask some people who are frequent fliers.
Just like the laptop, cellphone and other high tech devices, learn the meanings of the icons. These icons may later save your predicament or even your life.
But wait, another habit of mine that I found hard to break is eating all food in my plate. The “mainot habit” added extra weight to my 143 pounds when I left Cagayan de Oro.
I am now 155 pounds despite the daily walking. This habit is hard to break because my Nanay (mother) taught me not to throw away food because the others don’t have any to eat. Indeed, author and motivational speaker Sean Covey is right: We become what we repeatedly do.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 15, 2013.