One of the things that I took out of my life is the television. I only watch the news every now and then. Having wasted hours in front of the screen, almost every day of my life, feeling addicted to some programs as well, made me realize this is not how I would like to spend my life.
If someone asked me years later “what did you do with your life?”, I would not want the answer to be “I sat in front of the screen and watched TV”. Because television is NOT my life! It is someone else’s lives – the actors, the producers, the people behind the scenes. My life is more than sitting on the couch, staring at whatever there is to see on the screen.
There were times when I kept switching channels, until I found something interesting to see, and if I didn’t – it made me angry. I felt a little bored without it, as if there was nothing else in the room. But the truth is, there are so many things I could have done. Starting with cleaning my apartment, removing dust, or reading books, drawing, learning an instrument, going outside, meeting people… So many things and so little time!
So why is it that people waste so much time watching TV, and afterwards make a conversation out of it with their friends – of what they have watched? Is it to be part of the conversation, know what’s going on, have something to talk about – more common interests? Or is it just to rest after a long and stressful day at work, take their minds off things a little?
I am not saying that I don’t like watching TV – I actually do! But it is addictive. In time, I would not want to be one of those parents who put their kids in front of the screen just to occupy them. I’d rather hand them books or board games, the good old fashioned way.
I could easily live without TV in my life, make room for more important things – develop my artistic skills perhaps. Owning so many pencils, crayons, pastels, acrylics and oil paints won’t do any good if I let them collect dust. Even my electric guitar gently weeps for lack of attention.
Old people tell me I should be making the most of my life right now, because later I will regret it. I can definitely say my life is better without TV – now that the computer had taken its place…
How much time does the TV take of your life?
Are you comfortable with that, or would you like to change it?
Try disconnecting the box for a week.
How does it feel?
What did you do with your spare time?
Started doing something with your life for a change?!
It takes strong will to leave the addictive box behind, but it might just be worth the effort!