After years of needing to lock the old school lock that secures my parents' front door, I can't leave my apartment with a sound mind unless I have my hand wrapped around my apartment keys. Sometimes, I even need to gaze upon them to leave the apartment perimeter.
This is my constant indulgent OCD moment.
Wikipedia goes into a lot of detail about ritual including religion and law. (Yes, I was surprised about law too.)
Ritual is funny because so much of our day-to-day consists of it, but we don't even realize it. Every morning, I have a pecking order to start my day:
- Hit the snooze button 3 times.
- Let The White One into his favorite room ever - the bathroom.
- Put kibble in cat bowl.
- Get ready (dressed, washed, brushed).
- Throw lunch in bag.
- Make sure favorite room ever hasn't changed since previous evening.
- Narf on kibble.
- Chase tail.
Superstition breeds ritual.
What rituals do you have?
*Disclaimer: I'm aware that OCD is a real condition and that in some cases very bad. This entry in no way is degrading people who truly suffer from OCD.