One-size-fits-all rigid rules do not require any thought. Your blowing up the decision to make an exception for the few times they occur suggests that you are the caterpillar who suddenly cannot walk because he doesn't "understand" how his legs work.
I actually do have the habit of wearing the PFD, as you would "understand" if you'd comprehended my first post. There are exactly two sentences there describing the times when I choose not to wear the PFD on a given outing.
Since you brought up the example of brushing teeth as a habit, here's a different example: A driver takes the same route to work every day, requiring the same turn or exit. That turn becomes habit. When he has to go somewhere else requiring a different turn or exit, he robotically takes the work-bound turn instead. Brain is on autopilot.
Habits are OK to break sometimes. Not hard to understand.
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