Day Four – Showering with Mikey

Did I take a shower today? Yes

If yes, how long did it go for and what was it like?

5.5min

Today was probably my best beach shower yet. I took Mikey (my housemate’s dog) with me for his daily walk and tied him up on some bike racks next to the shower.

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Following on from my Day Two discovery, I intentionally made my shower longer by taking my time when the water wasn’t running. I took longer washing my hair and soaping my body than usual, which allowed me to be fully present in my body and my environment.

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And there was something really nice about having Mikey there with me too. I suppose it’s that same idea of connectedness but it was just awesome to be able to interact with him as I showered. This is probably what encouraged me to say “hello” to a few passers-by as well. I was completely at ease and wondered if showering outdoors was something I could keep going beyond the Activity, maybe not everyday but at least once a week. And especially if I combine it with something that I’d be doing anyway, like walking Mikey. I just feel like I’m getting more from showering here by the beach than at home.

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If no, what was my reason for not taking a shower? N/A

How clean do I feel on a scale of 1-10 (10 being extremely clean)? Discuss.

Pre-shower – 3; post-shower – 8

I woke still feeling pretty sticky from tennis and thought I’d go to the beach and shower sooner rather than later. However, by the time I had breakfast and did a few things, it was 1pm and super hot outside. I decided to wait until evening but as the day went on, I became more and more conscious of being dirty, which almost made me more aware of my house being a bit of a squalor. However, in the end, I decided to embrace my greasy state and did some cleaning right before heading to the beach. Hence, when I finally showered at about 7pm, it felt extra sweet.

Any comments on what other people thought about my hygiene (e.g. if anyone had made a comment on my appearance, smell etc)

When my friend Rose came round in the afternoon, I told her that I felt pretty dirty and asked if she thought I looked it. She thought not and even inspected my hair, thinking it was only a little greasy at the back. In the evening, I asked my housemate Katie and she thought I looked normal. She asked how long it had been since my last shower and when I replied “almost 48hrs”, she became a little more suspect but still couldn’t find any particular sign/smell. At this stage of the day, I was feeling my dirtiest so Katie’s response was evidence enough to suggest that a lot of it was in my head and to do with my own perceptions.

Other comments

– Something I forgot to mention previously…walking after showering is basically nature’s own hairdryer. I barely dried my hair today but I still returned home to find it completely dry.

 

 

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