Baths Are the Coffee of the Evening and More People Should Take Them

There are so few things in life that a) bring you immense
pleasure and b) you can reasonably, healthily enjoy every single
day. For instance, large ice cream sundaes bring me immense
pleasure, but I can’t reasonably, healthily enjoy them every
single day. Conversely, I can reasonably, healthily enjoy walking
to work
in the morning, but does it bring me immense pleasure?
Not particularly. I mean, it’s fine, but it doesn’t inspire me
to get
out of bed
in the morning.

Coffee certainly does, though.
Coffee
is actually the perfect example of something that brings
people immense pleasure and is permissible to enjoy every single
day, which is why it is the subject of so much cultural interest.
It’s more than a simple source of caffeination–it’s the
ultimate elixir of ritualism, think pieces, and community alike.
And the best part is that your cup is always imminent. Maybe
you’ll have it later this afternoon, or maybe tomorrow. Whatever
floats the boat that keeps you chugging along on the choppy river
that is life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

My preferred way to wash my adult human body is via a hot
bath.

All of this is critical context for what I’m about to tell
you, which is a somewhat controversial confession that might feel
like a complete non-sequitur unless you stay with me: My preferred
way to wash my adult human body is via a hot bath, and I take one
daily before I go to bed. I relish in the ceremony of it–filling
my tub with steaming hot water, stepping in a tentative toe, easing
myself in limb by limb, and then soaking until my fingers turn to
prunes. I admitted as much during a recent meeting at work and was
met with a mixture of disbelief and mockery:

“What!”

“I haven’t taken a bath since I was, like, four.”

“Aren’t you just soaking in your own filth?”

I recognize and understand the perspective of anti-bath culture,
but the thing is, for me at least, baths are the coffee of the
evening!!!!! They bring me immense pleasure and I can reasonably,
healthily enjoy them every single day. Am I soaking in my own
filth? Possibly. But I work in an office, not a Tough Mudder
course, so I can assure you the water remains translucent.

I can also confidently say that if you’re not soaking in your
own filth, even just occasionally, you’re missing out. When you
emerge from a hot bath you’ll feel like a better, more virtuous
version of myself, with softer skin and more pliable limbs. Your
head will be clearer and your sleeps will be deeper. Your potential
for reaching a state of peak relaxed-ness will be significantly
higher. And it’s so easy to facilitate–literally all it takes
is the turn of a knob. Take things to the next level with a cup of
epsom salt and a dash of coconut oil. Bring a book, or a podcast,
or a person, to keep you company. Then towel off and tell me if you
still care about the “filth.”

At first glance, neither impart the same degree of
anticipatory excitement as, say, an impending vacation.

Ultimately, baths–like cups of coffee–are things I can look
forward to with regularity, morning and evening, so my days are
bookended with small joys. At first glance, neither imparts the
same degree of anticipatory excitement as, say, an impending
vacation, or playing with a puppy, or a birthday dinner at a fancy
restaurant, but when you consider the significance of quantity,
their collective effect is as potent as any one-off delight.

Are you pro-bath or anti? I’m eager to bask in the comfort of
my supporters and gently spar with naysayers in the comments, so
have at it, my sweet, sweet saber-toothed cats.

Photos by Cody GuilfoyleProp
styling
 by Sara
Schipani.
 Art Direction by Sabrina Santiago
and Lorenza Centi.

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