My Bad Habits

October 20, 2017 in - 3 min read

Writing this post made me realize 2 things about myself. One, I’m a weird human being. Two, I’m terrible at being human๐Ÿ˜„.

1. Talking to myself… in public… out loud

I know most people say they talk to themselves too but what they actually mean is that they mutter to themselves. I don’t mutter, I talk. I even use hand gestures. I refer to myself as โ€˜youโ€™ not โ€˜Iโ€™ so I’d say something like, “Wow, you are such an idiot. Didn’t you know it was going to rain today?”

2. Laughing really hard at something I have just read or saw on my phone.

I say this is a bad habit because I absolutely hate it when someone else does it. Like, what’s funny? Are you trying to get attention? What’s worse is that the things I laugh at are usually things I can’t share with someone who asks to see what I’m laughing at.

3. Staying up until 3amย 

I am naturally a night owl. Always been, probably always will be (I hope not). Normally, I would stay up and just listen to music while organising my things into folders but on other nights, I stay up just to stare at the ceiling and reflect on my day, week, month, year and life.

4. Waking up at 12pm

Well this makes sense since I end sleeping around 3 but I wake up feeling like I missed out on so many hours of the day already and literally miss out on the morning phase of the day.

5. Not texting back

This hasย become an official problem that cannot be fixed and I’m such a terrible person because when I do read your “Where are you?” message after 2 weeks, l reply to that message with my current location.ย 

6. Cancelling plans on the day

Another problem that cannot be fixed. I don’t know how it happens but when the day finally comes I just realise I would rather stay at home and sleep. Meanwhile, all these days or weeks planning to go out I am usually the one hyping the plan up.

7. Leaving dishes until late

I can totally justify why this happens okay? I am super slow at anything I do – it annoys me so much when people keep sliding dishes every second while I’m doing the dishes. It kind of demotivates me so I wait until midnight when everyone has gone to bed then I start doing the dishes.

8. Holding in urine the entire day

Terrible terrible terrible habit. I have no excuse as to why I do this but it usually slips my mind until my bladder starts threatening me that it will burst if I don’t go to the bathroom immediately.

9. Not checking both ways when crossing a small street

I live in a place where there are just small roads and the route to school is made up of super small roads and cars hardly ever drive by and it’s super quiet. With that said, I never see the point of checking both ways because I always think to myself, if there’s a car coming, I’ll hear it.

10. Staring at people

I stare at people a lot, sometimes for no reason at all – probably just thinking of what I’m going to eat when I get home. What makes this a terrible habit is not only because staring is rude but also because when you notice me staring, I don’t look away.

Until next time,


  • howikilledbetty January 24, 2018 at

    Great post … Iโ€™ve only just seen it … I have a mass of bad habits and not so many good ones … Am trying very hard to remedy that!

  • Safina Coombes December 1, 2017 at

    Omg this post has made me feel less alone in my weirdness haha ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Mbalenhle December 1, 2017 at

      Embrace your weirdness ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’–

  • quasi40 November 16, 2017 at

    guilty of #8…

  • Ofentse October 28, 2017 at

    The 1st habit is so me! And I never see anything wrong with it . Lol I feel so much in power when I talk out loud in that way I get to hear myself. So silly though. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Great post lady. ๐ŸŒป

    • Mbalenhle November 1, 2017 at

      ๐Ÿ˜„Ofentse l totally get you! It feels so normal but a bit odd when someone actually walks in on you while you are in therapy session with yourself๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • MissKymmiee October 28, 2017 at

    Ha!! This just motivated me to do my own 10 weird habit posts!! I resonate with you in so many friends!! i have a feeling if we ever met we will click in the moment!! Ha!

    • Mbalenhle November 1, 2017 at

      YAYY!!๐Ÿ™Œ Please do! It would make me feel a whole less weird ๐Ÿ˜‚ Haha. If we ever meet we’d surely vibe on a very high frequency ๐Ÿ’ž!!

      • MissKymmiee November 1, 2017 at

        Hahahah ๐Ÿ˜„ This is a Tag! You should definitely Trade Mark the shit out of it. Have a great day Beautiful โ™ฅ๏ธ

        • Mbalenhle November 3, 2017 at

          Why the hell didn’t l think of it that way๐Ÿ™ˆ! Damn! I so need people like you in my life๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿค—

  • Understand546 October 24, 2017 at

    Brave of you to post this blog.
    Don’t feel bad because I can relate to number 1.
    I talk to myself too.
    I tend to have alot thoughts on my mind.
    I think too hard
    Good blog

    • Mbalenhle October 25, 2017 at

      Haha. So glad you can relate. Thank you ๐Ÿค—

  • Dave Kingsbury October 24, 2017 at

    I always talk to myself. I find I get a better class of conversation … ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • The All Of It Blog October 22, 2017 at

    hahaha omg I loved this sooo much, I have sooo many bad habits!! I want to do a post like this too, you inspired me! lol you’re so similar too… wanna collab sometime?

  • Alice October 22, 2017 at

    Haha, relatable! I stare at people too without even noticing!

    • Mbalenhle October 22, 2017 at

      ๐Ÿ˜„Such a bad uncontrollable habit

  • Lillian B October 21, 2017 at

    Oh I can relate to number one, talking to myself(sure!) the funny part of it is that I don’t know when I start sometimes.

    • Mbalenhle October 22, 2017 at

      You just find yourself deep in it hey?๐Ÿ˜‚ l totally know what you mean

  • Deshi Nenkinan Nehemiah October 20, 2017 at

    LMAO Mbalenhle! I can definitely relate with some of these bad habits! Little Demons I’ll call them.

    • Mbalenhle October 22, 2017 at

      Little demons hey๐Ÿ˜‚. Can never get rid of them ๐Ÿ˜„

  • Nolwazi October 20, 2017 at

    Girl number 9 is me. I almost died few months ago. I don’t look both ways hey and I need to stop doing that

    • Mbalenhle October 22, 2017 at

      ๐Ÿ˜„See why this is a bad habit? Damn, glad you’re all good though ๐ŸŒป

  • theorangutanlibrarian October 20, 2017 at

    hahha omg yes, sometimes I accidentally talk to myself (in the second person as well) And yes- I’ve definitely been in the situation where I’ve got into a giggling fit over something on my phone, but can’t tell anyone why cos it’s not appropriate timing! And yup I’m a nightowl too and I’m terrible at replying to texts and messages of any kind. Hilarious post and very relatable!!

    • Mbalenhle October 22, 2017 at

      ๐Ÿ˜‚I’m so glad you enjoyed this post and made me realise that I’m not the only one who does these things๐Ÿ˜‚. Bad bad habits

  • Natural Muse October 20, 2017 at

    All these “bad” habits seem pretty normal to me ๐Ÿ˜‚ But I totally feel you on not texting back. It’s a problem. I can go weeks without talking to people.

    • Mbalenhle October 22, 2017 at

      Meanwhile we’d be online and update our DPs yet not text back and feel no shame๐Ÿ˜‚

  • freiedenkerin October 20, 2017 at

    That sounds all so familiar to me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I would like to add one more point: I use to argue loudly with my electronic devices. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Mbalenhle October 22, 2017 at

      I normally do that too ๐Ÿ˜‚. It’s either l calmly ask the electronic to work with me or l just lose it ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • TheAyeshaSite October 20, 2017 at

    Talking to myself in public out loud was #1. I do that sometimes but it’s cool that you could share that and make a list like this. Even staring at people #10 would bring back memories of me.

    • Mbalenhle October 22, 2017 at

      Haha. Talking to ourselves feels so good hey? Inner best friend ๐Ÿ˜„. Haha. I’m glad I’m not the only one who stares at people

      • TheAyeshaSite October 24, 2017 at

        You’re not so don’t worry. I love this post.

  • whatismaria October 20, 2017 at

    I always laugh at stuff on my phone that I usually can’t explain and it annoys people so much ๐Ÿ˜‚ Such a great post!

    • Mbalenhle October 22, 2017 at

      Thank you so much๐Ÿ˜„. We totally need to work on this bad habit๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Pink October 20, 2017 at

    Oh number 7. Number 7 how I loathe the dishes and without a dishwasher how do I even manage.

    • Mbalenhle October 21, 2017 at

      I absolutely hate doing dishes. It’s so unfortunate that we don’t have a dishwasher coz I’d be such a happy human being ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • jesfarquhar October 20, 2017 at

    Love this post! Several of those are my bad habits as well.
    It’s always so embarrassing once you realize you’ve been caught staring too! Haha!

    • Mbalenhle October 21, 2017 at

      So glad you could relate๐Ÿ™Œ. I used to get super embarrassed but now l don’t even look away๐Ÿ˜„

  • seaofwordsx October 20, 2017 at

    Oh and cancelling plans I do too haha on the same day. It’s just like I would rather sleep and stay at home

    • Mbalenhle October 21, 2017 at

      My fam hates that l sleep late and wake up late too but it’s something l can’t change now๐Ÿ˜„. And it’s so funny how staying in bed instead if going out as planned becomes the best idea๐Ÿ˜„

  • seaofwordsx October 20, 2017 at

    Hahhaa omg great post because I can so relate to it ๐Ÿ˜‚ I also stay up so late omg and then I wake up so late so yeah I feel you. I also stare at people haha that makes them really uncomfortable.

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