Man Meets Bath

I have a confession. I do not enjoy taking a bath. Not in the slightest. I think it is rather disgusting to lie and soak in a hot brew of my own filth. When I do take a bath, it is usually followed by a shower to clean myself, which I find rather ridiculous. Why take a bath and then need a shower? But…

Pushing through the torture. Photo: Jennifer Newell

Pushing through the torture. Photo: Jennifer Newell

I have another confession. Taking a bath rules. I have no idea why I have such distaste for something so therapeutic. Change I must. I have taken strides to realize that my block is not helping me heal and recover. The tub can be a wonderful delivery system for all kinds of healing. Now, I swallow whatever masculine behavior or cultural conditioning brought upon me and just give in; I draw a nice hot tub and add magnesium, arnica and Dr. Bronner’s tea tree hemp soap. I put headphones in my ears and either groove out to some music and/or listen to a podcast. I’m not sure how often I can tolerate such a protocol, but I can’t hide, and I can’t deny that it really helps.g

Let go. Sacrifice. Soak. Tune out. Relax. Rejoice.

About Jim Newell

Associate Professor of English, Daytona State College / Thinker / Ponce Inlet Surfer / Improviser / Dad
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