Sometimes I wish I didn't. But, hey. That's life.
There are other things I'm working on fixing like drinking more water and not eating after 8pm and waking up at 5am on weekdays.
Those feel more important to me right now than not cussing.
I do have rules, however:
1.) I don't cuss in front of my kids. My dad set this good example for us and I'm glad he did. They'll hear it enough in their lives.
2.) CrossFit. I will probably cuss if I hit a new personal record (“PR”) at CrossFit. There's something majestic about picking up a heavy weight over your head and throwing it to the ground. Cussing feels like it gives me a super power.
3.) Pain. If you stub your toe you are legally obligated to cuss.
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4.) Pointless cussing. I don't cuss just to cuss. That's what junior high boys do. Hence these rules.
5.) Cussing helps me see where I stand with people. Like, if I cuss and someone looks at me funny, they are thinking, “oh wow, I didn't know Justin was like THAT…” And then they go out to eat and don't tip their server or berate someone verbally at work.
6.) There are cuss words I refuse to say. Usually my cussing stays in the shallow end of the pool. “S–t”, “Damn”, and the occasional F-bomb (sorry Mom). It's an exclamation more than anything else. In all settings I refuse to use cuss words relating to the female anatomy.
7.) Spiritual cussing. I have, on occasion, cussed while praying. God is a big boy. He can handle it.
8.) Everyone cusses. Like, everyone. Knowing this helps me not be so hard on myself. If you are reading this right now and thinking to yourself, “I don't cuss!”, remember rule #3.
9.) Cussing kids. My kids will probably cuss at some point. In front of me. Instead of being shocked I will just remember rule #6. And then I will remember they are the most precious things on the whole planet. Then I will probably go back to eating my donut or drinking my juice or whatever it was I was doing before they cussed.
10.) Cussing improves productivity. Cussing is the shortest way to express what we're feeling with unction. You can say, “oh my! I hope the man in that car crash is ok!” Or you can just say, “shit!” It's your call.
Those are my rules/guidelines for cussing.
What are yours?