Why is it that the older I get the longer my bedtime routine becomes?
As a little girl my bedroom routine consisted of pretending to brush my teeth and putting on a nightgown, 5 minutes tops.
As a teenager, the routine was brushing my teeth, brushing my hair and putting on a nightgown.
As an adult, it became brush my teeth, wash my face and fall into bed.
Once I hit 40 the routine became a thirty minute process; brush my teeth, floss, wash my face, use toner, apply night face creme, age spot remover, bleach teeth (once a week), apply body lotion over my entire body, apply cuticle salve, take jewelry off, stretch, put in a mouth guard, go pee one last time, put pj’s on and turn on the heating pad so I have a warm bed to crawl into and relax my back muscles. Whew, did I miss anything? Maybe.
Then there’s allergy season, which brings with it an entirely different set of routine habits.
When does it go back to 5 minutes again? Is it when I no longer care about trying to slow down the aging process? I can’t imagine when that will happen.
Sleep well my friends. I’m off to get ready for bed.