Lifestyle Self Care

Putting Pleasure First

Bookmarked 7 Reasons to Prioritize Your Pleasure (

Fully leaning into your pleasure means stripping away the stories and the shoulds
It means divesting from the falsehoods that capitalism and the various forms of oppression. It means letting go of the lies you been told about goodness and godliness and sin and temptation. It means, finding freedom in pleasure rather than shame.

What could shift if you made pleasure the lens through which you viewed the world?

I hate living in such a puritanical culture that this question feels almost revolutionary.

I’ve been trying to pay closer attention to my preferences during the pandemic. I’ve realized I don’t really like board games or puzzles. I’ve finally admitted I’m just not that into cooking. I tried to get into candles but they’re not for me. I hated starting the dishwasher because I didn’t like to touch the packets, so I bought special tongs that live in the bag so I don’t need to stress about it. Biking always stressed me out and pissed me off so I’m over bike commuting for now.

On the positive side, I love brunch so I’ve been trying to make it more. Walking with my friends makes me happy so I’ve figured out how to do it twice a week. Lounging in bed for a lazy start to the day or to wind down after work, even though it’s bad for my sleep, is like the best feeling so I’m doing it anyway.

How else could I work more pleasurable activities into my daily life?

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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