For the last few years, I haven’t made multiple New Year’s resolutions. I try to keep it to one resolution per year, and I usually keep it simple and secret until the year’s over. But this year I hadn’t really even come up with one resolution. It’s not really that big of a deal, the not having a resolution. Sometimes I’d think about something I need to do and think hey, maybe I’ll make that my resolution, but these so-called resolutions are things like “buy toilet paper,” or “bring in that file box from the trunk of my car,” and I guess they just don’t seem very, well, resolute. Or something. I’m probably not even using that right. I don’t know. And, in any case, I did buy toilet paper but that file box is still in the trunk of the car. And I bet it’ll still be there in May.
Anyway. Would it be setting the bar way too low if I decided to have my resolution be that I’m going to shave my legs a little more often this year? Because I was thinking I’d make that my resolution. But then I thought damn, that’s pretty lame. That’s like resolving to go to the bathroom once a day or something.
I heard a rumor that normal girls shave their legs regularly and apply lotion every single day and, like, do their nails and stuff. I am not like this. I’m not a dirty hippie or anything. I shower regularly, and I’m pretty sure I’m generally clean-looking and nice-smelling. I’m not making any kind of a feminist stand by not shaving my legs. Really, I’m lazy and I just don’t take the time. I shower in the morning before work and it seems like I’m always running late, so I rush through it all, because in the allocation of morning time I need to leave enough time to dry and style my hair – a step that absolutely cannot be skipped. I rarely wear skirts and I’m not seeing anyone, so until I made the decision today to blab about this all over the internet, no one would have known that prior to last Thursday I had gone for approximately ten weeks without shaving my legs once. In fact, I can tell you exactly when the last time I shaved my legs was before Thursday. It was Saturday, November 11th.
God, I am such a loser.
So, the legs. They were really getting out of hand, and on Thursday I decided to just suck it up and take a bath and shave them. So I did. And then I did the whole “exfoliate and apply lotion” thing that I’ve heard so much about, and after many hours of work, I was rewarded with nice, smooth legs. And I remembered that I actually really like the feeling of freshly-shaven legs. And I thought, hey, maybe my skin wouldn’t be so mad and dry and itchy all the time if I actually TOOK CARE OF IT and kept it moisturized and stuff, especially since hello, it’s winter. So I’ve been trying to make a concerted effort to at least run the razor over my legs quickly while in the shower, and do the whole lotion thing afterward. It might not matter to anyone but me, but I seem to feel better, so I thought I’d make that my resolution.
I bet it’ll last as long as most people’s New Year’s resolutions do.