August 9th, 2005

Learning fastidiousness...seeking advice.

I have recently realized that, if I'm going to be a nurse, I need to learn to be fastidious. I must be fully aware of dirt, and must view it as a problem. I must always know what my hands have touched, even (and particularly) if it is only my hair or skin. It would be good if I could get rid of the Intermittent Halitosis of Doom. I must be able to reliably present a neat and clean appearance.

To those of you raised by clean people in a clean household, this may seem like it should be obvious. I share neither advantage. It feels like acquiring the habits of thought, knowledge bases, and tools is next to impossible. And when it feels possible, it feels like more of a burden than I want. This is my *reading* time I'm eating into...

Are there any of you out there who have learned to be fastidious later in life? I know most of the secret is, 1. know that it can be done, 2. and then do it. But I keep hoping there is some magic that will make it somewhat easier. After all, I *know* I should hang up my laundry. But there's always something I want to do more than I want unwrinkled clothing...