Somewhere recently, I saw a headline about guilty pleasures. I tried to figure what I did or bought that fell into that category. What habits did I have that, even if harmless, made me feel slightly guilty?
I didn’t come up with much.
In most cases, I feel I’ve earned the habit or purchase. (Though this may be true for most people.) Or I feel that some aspect of my life necessitates the items or behaviors. Examples:
Massages. Frequent intense exercise, especially running and boxing, necessitates massage to stay in condition.
Pajamas at homecoming. I regularly begin work before 6 a.m. So if I’m in pajamas at 6:30 p.m., the action isn’t lazy—it’s justified. (And sometimes, I’m still working at that hour—just at home in my jammies. Ahh.)
Beauty treatments. Regular manicures and pedicures and other beauty treatments keep me looking professional in my public persona as the CEO of a professional services firm.
Prepared meals. I don’t have time to dry my hair in the morning—and thank goodness I don’t like makeup. So I fail at grocery shopping regularly and cooking healthful meals. (Eating junk over the sink does not constitute a wholesome dinner.) The only way I can stay fit enough to handle my workload? Prepared meals. (Thank you, Victory Meals!)
Sashimi. Work requires frequent client and sales dining. So if I feast on somewhat-pricey sashimi, it’s better than other, less healthful options. Also, as these meals mean I'm working through lunch or dinner, I deserve a treat.
So “guilty pleasures” in the true sense of the term? I don’t have many.
Here’s the only list I could generate:
Mindless movies. I should watch only edifying material, but sometimes I need to turn off my brain. Comedies and romances help.
Lifestyle magazines filled with fashion and makeup and relationship tips I’ll never use provide another way to mentally check out.
Couture. When I absolutely love a clothing item, even when it’s overpriced, I’ll very occasionally indulge. At least I keep these items for decades.
Relatively tame, no?
What are your guilty pleasures?