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2019-10-27 20:23:28 (UTC)

Another Prompt Double-Whammy

AUTHOR'S NOTE: I realized that not only did I duplicate one of my previous prompts, but I also did them out of order once again. Just goes to show that I've slipped quite a bit in writing as frequently as I have in the past. Seems like a few old hobbies/habits of mine have been slipping by the wayside lately. I'm not sure what that means.

Meanwhile, I have two prompts below.

45. What activity would you consider to be an absolute necessity in the morning? Why is it so important? If you skipped this, would the rest of
your day be shot? Why or why not?
I really don't feel like myself until after I brush my teeth. I don't want to go anywhere, I don't want to do anything outside the house, I don't even want to see anyone face to face. Sure, it may be because I'm anxious about having bad breath. If I didn't admit that I would surely be lying. But I also think that brushing my teeth is one of those "triggers" that has personal significance. It jump-starts activity: going to the day job, going to the cinema on the weekends, going to visit friends or family. I might even be motivated to do something on an aimless weekend day, and on a day without plans I might suddenly be inspired to walk to lunch or call a friend, or even write a letter to a friend or penpal. So it motivates me to action, even if meeting someone face-to-face isn't involved.

As an aside, I'd feel poorly if I subjected others to potentially "bad air" in their face if I had a conversation with them. I teach people how to get a job, and I've crossed paths with a number of people with poor dental hygiene. That, as well as meat-eaters. I think that since I've avoided eating meat for so long, I can sometimes smell the aroma of it on those who don't brush regularly. From what I've seen, not-brushing could happen for a variety of reasons, not just due to laziness. Even some of my professional coworkers deal with this.


46. How do you usually feel the moment you wake up? Do you think this feeling will change over time or be the same forever and why?
I've done my best to motivate myself first thing in the morning, by saying, "Let's party!" Some mornings, one might imagine, find me less-enthusiastic than others. But the important thing is that those are the first words out of my mouth. However, it most-often encourages a smile to emerge on my face, which is what I think I need most of all first thing in the morning.

Lately, I've been waking with - and dealing with throughout the day - more nagging pain in my shoulder. It's been somewhat sore literally all the time since surgery, but lately there's been a "flare-up." This has had the side-effect of me not wanting to do any exercise lately. I do wonder if the soreness is exacerbated by the frequency of my exercise routine: I do this every morning of the work week, five days in a row, then usually rest over the weekend.

Interspersed through the evenings of the week, I am on the exercise bike, with the goal of cycling at least 30 miles a week. This persistent ache has discouraged me from even that, sometimes, and I get the impression that the exercise bike would only cause more of an ache in my shoulder than I deal with already.

It is a kind of cycle in itself. Pain discourages me from exercising. My fitness is reduced over time. With less fitness, I feel like I'm being "lazy" or losing physical fitness. So I am urged to exercise more. Then the pain surges, and I feel discouraged from exercising again. A friend of mine recently reflected on this, as he's an obese man with a host of podiatric (foot-related) injuries, surgeries, pain medication prescriptions, and so on. He is relegated to a motorized wheelchair when traveling out and about in public. He knows that people give him the side-eye for being a large person in a wheelchair, and they are likely thinking to themselves, "Why doesn't that fat guy walk around a little bit and lose some weight?"

My mother is an obese woman, and she knows it. She wants to exercise more, but she has injured knees and hips that cause her persistent pain. So she resists moving around. She's to the point of avoiding places with a lot of stairways so she doesn't risk falling when making an attempt.

I don't mean to linger on obesity, but I am talking about chronic pain, with which obesity can become a side-effect. I wonder how my pain-management situation will be in a few years.

...How did I end up ruminating on this?


...BLOODY HELL. I repeated another prompt again.