This is not a post about personal grooming. It is about adjusting your viewpoint.
This is not a post about our throwaway society. It is about being open to something new.
On one of our RV trips I brought an electric shaver. It is OK most of the time. It is convenient, holds a charge for weeks, and gets close enough for most occasions (especially a vacation). But, once every three weeks or so I like to use shaving cream and a razor to give myself a real shave. Unfortunately I forgot to pack any blades on this trip so I stopped at Walgreens to buy some.
As most of us are aware, razor companies pretty much give away the handle to make their money on the blades. With dozens of different styles, once you have committed to a handle, you have committed to a certain blade. They are not interchangeable. Just like office printers where the ink costs more than the printer after a year or so, blades are expensive. For men, Gillette keeps adding blades to each saving head; I think they are up to five per razor blade now.
My handle is probably 15 years old and uses a two strip blade. Imagine, only 2 shaving surfaces! How primitive As you might imagine finding that type of blade after all these years is very difficult but I persisted, until Betty offered a solution that had never occurred to me: disposable razors.
I kid you not. I knew such things existed but I think of these cheap, flimsy, handles with poor quality blades that nick and slice someone's face when disposable razors are mentioned. Guess what? Disposable razors aren't garbage anymore. Companies has figured out how to manufacture a decent, reasonably priced, disposable handle/blade. Who knew?
Betty looked at me like I had my lights on but no one was home. "You didn't know about good quality disposables?" I think she was wondering who she had married. My excitement at finding a workable solution to my shaving blade problem energized me all evening. I even shaved after dinner just to try it out. It worked! And, I smelled good!
My point is larger than the fact than I have missed a rather common development in the world of personal grooming. It is all about being open to new ideas.
For well over a decade I have continued to invest increasingly large sums of money in an increasingly futile search for something that has swerved me well in the past, and therefore is just fine for today....even when it isn't.
What other actions and decisions do I stick with out of loyalty, habit, or lack of perceived alternatives? What else is part of my life even when its usefulness is over? Actually, our RV trip opened my eyes to several ways I live that may need some examination:
* A simple dinner is just as satisfying as one that takes lots of prep time or dirties too many dishes. Plastic plates and cups are sometimes a great choice.
* A nap when needed is a true blessing, but when it becomes a habit there is a need to reassess. I have taken fewer post-lunch naps on this vacation and haven't missed them. In fact, I notice the "extra" time Betty and i have to do something more fun or productive.
* I need to do a better job of controlling my computer/Internet time. Is the lack of a solid WiFi signal important enough to ruin my day? Seriously?
* Habitually I have four cups of coffee a day, though I really enjoy only two of them. On this trip I have had just two cups each day. So, I just have to stop going through the motions at home.
All of this from a disposable razor!
An added thought: what we are going through right now, in June 2020, really is another example of the need to be open to new ways of doing things, of deciding what is important. We are at that perfect historical junction when we can decide if our past actions and decisions still work.
And, yes, I now have a stock of disposable razors under my sink for use as needed.