Habit: (n.) an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary
always approaching pants from the west and shirts from the east before getting dressed . a liter of soda a day to ward off the tooth fairy . something to do when your brain is too agonized to function . sleeping with exes . a term that non-addicts use to describe addiction . like chemical dependency was born of boredom and not terror . the repetitive act of living . wearing good clothes to church and ripped jeans to do yardwork . habit is how you are dressed not how others see you as dressed . a habit is something you can control . it is not an addiction . no one has ever neglected to pick up their children from daycare so they could chew their fingernails . which habits are bad depend on a point of view . addiction helps no individual but helps industries and corporations . a nun's costume . belief structures handed down from your ancestors that actively hurt you and the people you care about . blaming yourself or blaming everyone but yourself . going to work when it no longer fulfills you or pays you enough to be happy . a cheap attempt at ritual . a passionless exercise in passionless exercise . this again . familiarity over satisfaction . taking self-inventory without any intent of changing . the way plants hang or grow . a holding pattern . a function served by rote and not usefulness . believing the people who look most like you . trusting or distrusting people by their positions of power instead of their words . running a mile every morning to avoid thinking about your dreams
(I'm compiling the Terrible Poets' Thesaurus by reading poems by unfamiliar writers and jotting down unusual word choices. Once I find a term three times, I attempt to define it by deconstructing it as it appears to me in the context of the poems in which they're used, which are unlikely to be the way the authors intended them. Alternately, I look at my own poems and find words that I overuse and attempt to imagine how others might interpret them.)
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