A Guilty Pleasure is defined as something one enjoys and considers pleasurable despite feeling guilt for enjoying it.
I have a lot that I feel guilty for, but not many pleasures that I feel guilty over. But I do have a few…
Each of these I feel a little guilty about because I either feel like I should be at least trying to do something more productive, it cost money and I don’t work, or because I feel like I’m taking advantage of my husband.
I love spending time on my computer, reading blogs and posting on my blogs. The computer is sometimes a great escape, and it is often a way for me to communicate with other people.
I also love that I have more time to read because of my illness. I can get lost in a book. They help me escape, and learn. I will never get tired of learning new things. I think reading helps to keep my mind active and has lessened my brain fog. But still I often feel I should be doing something else.
I love for my husband to massage me. He is such a great help to me, and I don’t get to pamper him near enough, but I love it when he pampers me. He takes care of me all the time, but I get so much pleasure from having him rub my neck and back. Oh and when my hip is giving me a lot of trouble, he is wonderful at trying to make it better.
I also love going to get a professional massage. I don’t do this very often, and I always feel guilty afterward, because it cost money. Plus, I feel like if anyone should be getting a massage, it should be my darling husband. He works so hard, and he treats me so well, he deserves to be pampered.
I have a secret obsession for shoes, and purses. I’m trying hard not to buy any new shoes or purses, but it’s so hard. I try to find them at thrift stores, and I have found a few. But when I’m looking for something in particular it’s hard. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t buy a ton of shoes or purses. I am, however, on a constant search for the perfect purse. This is very funny coming from me because I used to never carry a purse and was proud of it. However, now I have to carry an epi pen and an inhaler with me all the time, so I have to carry a purse. And shoes! I don’t buy a ton, but I have a weakness for funky tennis shoes, and shoes that look great but are still comfortable. I don’t give in to this guilty pleasure very often, but I just can’t help myself sometimes.
I also love to find great make-up and facial products that are made from natural ingredients, are gluten-free, and haven’t been tested on animals. This is getting easier than it used to be, but it’s very hard to find a product that fits all those categories, that is still affordable, and lives up to what it promises.
One more I really like having a manicure or pedicure, or even giving one to myself. I love wild fingernail polish.
I keep thinking of these things that I just love to do, but feel at least a twinge of guilt when I do them. The question is, should I continue to do them and feel guilty, should I stop, or should I stop feeling guilty about it?
I made a compromise a long time ago, and I think it’s a good thing. I don’t over indulge in my guilty pleasures, this makes me feel much less guilty. As much as I love shoes, purses, manicures, polish, massages, and books I don’t buy very many. I get about 2 new pairs of shoes a year, I average 1 purse a year, 1 mani-pedi a year, and 2-3 massages. I haven’t bought new polish in a long time, however, I have made new colors by mixing a few together. I rarely ever buy a book, however, I love my local library!
I think the one guilty pleasure that I have that I probably need to do less, is staying on my computer. I think I should try to limit it to less than 2 hours per day.
By incorporating these restraints I feel much less guilty about my guilty pleasures. After all, shouldn’t we all have a few pleasures that make you feel like you are splurging?