First and foremost, I would like to point out that when your entire office is an ice box because of poor insulation and insufficient heating and then you walk into your own space heater-heated office, it’s like walking into a hug.
But now for the real stuff.
There is a rumor going around. You may have heard of it: If you do anything for 21 days, it becomes a habit. Well, I’m taking 21 days to try to stop cracking my knuckles!! I am on day 3 and I’ve cracked only 3 knuckles. One was without thinking. It is a habit I’ve had and despised since elementary school. The other 2 were because I accidentally bumped my fingers on a counter and they were so fragile that the gentle bump released all of that built up synovial fluid.
In retrospect, there are a lot of things that I should have done before I decided to give up the habit: finish my current knitting project, write that letter to my sister that has to be handwritten, and all of the typing I have to do for work. But, you only have 20/20 vision when you’re looking back.
Many articles I read about how to break a habit said to do something else with your hands every time you wanted to crack your knuckles – something less annoying that “poppin’ the syvy flu.” (Yup, I just slanged up the medical term for knuckle cracking. That happened.) So, when my knuckles get really achy, I’ve decided to start touching each finger to my thumb, like I was counting something. To be honest, it makes me feel like Mark Ruffalo in the movie about sex addiction, Thanks for Sharing. I even tried doing the finger pointing thing that he does whenever he sees a mini skirt or plunging neckline, but that really hurts my knuckles and just makes me want to crack them more.
My name is Nicole and I am addicted to popping my knuckles. But not for much longer. Just 18 more days.