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Breaking Bad | Flash Post 400

Breaking Bad | Flash Post 400

Button, I was in absolute bliss this morning.


Because I woke up after 10, feeling totally refreshed and in an excellent frame of mind. The acute migraine attack I had the previous day was gone and my morning cup of cappuccino tasted better than ever.

I am so happy for you.

Some habits we grow up with are often difficult to shed and we keep pursuing them till we suddenly wake up one morning and realise that there could be an alternative and perhaps a better one and all it needs is some tweaking.

Nah! I don’t get it.

Children are told that “early to bed and early to rise makes one healthy, wealthy and wise”. It’s taken me 3 score and 6 years to realise that no matter when I sleep, a good night’s rest lasting even 6 hours is all I need and timing is of least importance. Mothers must be telling their young ones to go to bed early and wake up early so they are up and ready for school in time.

What you are saying is that some of the habits ingrained in our young minds is a means to an end?

It’s like a bitter pill with a sugar coating to make us do the things we don’t like. Which child enjoys waking up at the crack of dawn, brushing her teeth, taking a cold shower, packing her school bag, drinking her glass of milk, getting into her school uniform and waiting at the street corner for the bus to pick her up at 7 so she can reach school on the dot of 7.30?

Which means that a young girl goes through this rigorous routine and goes through it again when she has children of her own. And who knows—maybe some of them, now grandmothers, wake up early to get her grandchildren ready for school. Imagine mothers who also hold jobs. It must be really tough.

And much worse for single mothers.

I am beginning to get it. Are there any more?

“A stitch in time saves nine” is the other one.

What’s that all about?

Elders put doubts into children’s minds that the best way to solve a problem is to solve it immediately or it could escalate to such levels that it could become insolvable. One fine day, I figured that if I pushed a problem away for the time being, it would most probably solve itself.

That’s wise.

Another one was “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.

What’s not right about this one?

Again, I think mothers spout these lines to make their children eat fruit which is considered healthy. And an apple is the first fruit that comes to mind. Remember how we learnt our first alphabet: A is for apple? Here’s one more for you: “An early bird catches the worm.”


A person who arrives first is successful.

Is that so?

Not really. Wouldn’t it be better to watch others make the errors and learn from them?

What about dog habits? For instance walking them to keep them lean and mean? Or feeding them scraps?

Dost has a valid argument when he feeds our Labrador everything he eats. We have arguments almost everyday because I am against feeding her scraps as I feel she’ll add some extra kilos and he is all for it because he’s sure in his mind she is happy sharing his food. For him, the fact that she feels the love and being a part of the family is far more important than putting on some extra kilos. About the walking bit —since we’ve not been walking her because of the current situation, she’s actually become leaner and more active.

So much for habits.

I now tend to believe that habits hold us back. And the sooner we realise this, the better. As for me, the world suddenly seems like a huge playground—especially now, after COVID cleaned up the streets—where I can frolic and explore endless possibilities.

Just one last question: What exactly does breaking bad mean?

It means challenging certain norms.

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