Stream of Consciousness Saturday: A Nail-Biting Finish

Can you believe I’ve actually managed to grow my nails at last? Woo-hoo!

I’ve been a prolific nail-biter since my teens – I don’t ever deliberately mean to bite my nails but suddenly there they are (or rather, there they aren’t), all absent-mindedly nibbled away. Anyway, I decided a month ago that I was truly fed-up always biting my nails, as it was an awful habit I knew I badly needed to get away from.

So I just stopped. Noticed myself bringing fingers to mouth, nails to teeth, and withdrew them every time I noticed that involuntary action. I was surprised at just how many times in a day I had to correct myself, no wonder I never had any nails left! But in a month of frustrating yet fruitful vigilance I find already have proper nails growing, neatly filed and shaped and healthy, and I’m delighted with my efforts.

Except I had no idea how much proper nails need to be considered in everyday life. They always grow so always need filed. Stuff gets under them all the time and gets stuck there, so I constantly need to scrub at them with a nail-brush and also use a nail file under the tips to clear any detritis and debris. And sometimes one nail breaks while completing some necessary task or other, so I have to file it down and then file all the rest to match.

And I bought some clear nail varnish to wear, to reward myself for not biting my nails any more and to remind myself not to bite them any more in the future. But as soon as I do anything remotely manual, it chips and peels and looks scruffy, so I have to take it off and start again… Grrr… Overall I’m learning that nice nails take a lot of work, but also that it’s definitely worth it.

So can I stop biting my nails for good? You bet I can! πŸ™‚

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7 thoughts on “Stream of Consciousness Saturday: A Nail-Biting Finish

  1. Congratulations! You’ve described the vigilance and work necessary to break a habit. I don’t bite my nails anymore, but I still bite the inside of my mouth. :/ You have inspired me to work on that.

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