Heading to Work

Published on 16 September 2022 at 17:59

Step Door Step Step




                                                 Wait. I forgot my hat.




Step Door Step  Step

Behind the Poem...Forgetful

This is every morning for me. I'm not much of a hat person, but I have always either forgotten my keys, my coat, or my coffee. The amount of times I have left my keys in my ignition before walking into work is absurd at this point. Usually I figure it out halfway across the parking lot, turn back around, and then come in to the receptionist smiling at me because I did it again. I know it's not an individual phenomenon, but man it feels like it when you're the only person asking your boss to unlock your office for you in the mornings.

I have gotten better, I will say, since installing a hook-shelf by my door. My keys go on the hook, and my pocket contents on the shelf. Or at least, they're supposed to. It doesn't always happen, but at least I know that if I see them lying around somewhere else in the house later at night that I'll have a place to stick them. 

A really big help for me was realizing that when something about my home annoys or bothers me repeatedly, it's probably a good idea to take a step toward a solution instead of just continuing to be bothered by it. Keep losing your keys? Get a hook or a bowl. Laundry is on the bathroom floor? Get a hamper. It's still on the floor? Get a bigger hamper. I know we can't always just buy a new thing to solve the problem, but it's at least a step in the right direction to start considering options. Lots of times, the solution is just to get rid of the extra stuff so you can get to the right stuff faster - like having 15 different jackets when you only wear three of them consistently (anyone else guilty?).

But even with all the catches and helps for my chaotic self, morning routines are just a mess for me. I get up about 20 minutes before I have to leave for work and I (try to) do four things: brush my hair, brush my teeth, get changed, and scoop the cat box. If I really feel like it I'll put like three pieces of laundry away. I'm rushing, I'm tired, and I'm trying to make decisions before I've had any coffee and it's just not a good thing. I'm sure the solution here is to "go to bed, and get up earlier" but there is absolutely no way. I'm supposed to leave my house at 7:50 in the morning, and I've tried and for the life of me I cannot make myself go before 7:52. It's a habit now, and it will stay that way. I think, at least for now, I am resolved to go down down the stairs, realize I forgot my hat, and go back up again.

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Liberty Jensen • Writer

Liberty is a donations manager, finance student, and full-time drinker of coffee. She enjoys poetry, her cats, and spending time with her husband.

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