Do you hate crappy low flow, cold water showers?

A few days ago I crashed at my friend Simon's apartment with another friend in San Jose, CA and heard a buddy of mine complain about how low flow the shower was.  I absolutely understood his dilemma, the thing I hated most is showering with a crappy shower head that didn't give me enough water.  Even worse was just the thought of running out of hot water.

But then something happened.  I took a shower next and thought to myself, why did it matter?

I realized that the reason why I enjoyed hot, high pressure showers was because it was the highlight of my day.  The rest of my life was so stressful, and void of all of the good things that I used my extra long thirty minute hot showers as a way to relax.

Ever since I took back control of my life I've started taking quick showers, often cold, and stopped caring about what the flow was like.  Living in tropical warm places, getting weekly massages and having better things to do everyday than waste half an hour wanking off in the shower has made me completely forget about the need to have $80 bottles of Bumble and Bumble Shampoo and Conditioner, Luxurious 900 Gram Egyptian Cotton bath towels and the need to pamper myself.

Living in places like Chiang Mai Thailand, Bali and other parts of the world allow you to just go to a spa whenever you feel like being pampered for a day.  

My outdoor shower I had in my $150 a month beach bungalow in Koh Lanta, Thailand only had cold water and I used whatever towel they provided and travel sized shampoo bottles but I was perfectly happy.

What I've learned:
  • I used to get irritated over things that really didn't matter.
  • Comfort is often a substitute for happiness.
  • Luxury is often only needed when you are unfulfilled in other ways.
  • A warm body laying next to you on a tropical beach feels better than a hot shower.
  • Go out and truly pamper yourself by getting a massage once a week and stop complaining about the low flow shower heads in your bathroom, it's good for the environment to save water.

I hope everyone reading this will now see the humor in complaining about things that don't matter.  I would highly recommend reading the book, "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and it's All Small Stuff"  by Richard Carlson.  

“The key to a good life is this: If you're not going to talk about something during the last hour of your life, then don't make it a top priority during your lifetime.” 
― Richard Carlson

Warm Regards,

Johnny FD


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  1. Hi Johnny, I actually read this a few hours ago but had to go to my bike lesson (number #8!) so I didn't comment then. I really understand what you're saying, comfort is a big killer when it comes to happiness. That shower above looks really nice, makes me want use it lol.
    BTW, for the last 6 months I took ONLY cold showers (Meaning getting to the coldest point) because it has some amazing benefits, mainly for health and also for general well being. Did you know that it's a proven remedy to fight depression? Cold showers are really healthy and force you to get out of your comfort zone, if you'd like I really suggest you google the benefits of cold showers :)

    Have a great day, it's always nice to read your posts

    1. Hey Dvir, that's cool that you're taking motorcycle lessons. It'll come in handy when you start riding a scooter in thailand. I read something about cold water showers in the 4-hour body by Tim Ferris and tried it for a while. Now I mainly take luke warm showers, but I swim often in cold water, and in a lot of places I stay in the tropics it's all cold water. It's funny how something we think is non-luxious is so good for us.


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