I love TV. I will even go as far as saying I am a recovering TV addict. I used to keep the TV on all day and, sometimes, all night. It was a comfort and a stress-reliever. Mostly, it was a way to escape life’s problems.
I used to live by the TV Guide. I even quit Junior Scouts because the meetings were on Tuesday nights when my all-time favorite show, Happy Days, was on. This was back before video recording technology hit the consumer market, so before I quit scouts, I begged my parents to put an audio recorder in front of the TV so I could HEAR each episode when I got home. Let me tell you, listening to Joannie kiss Chachi for the first time was just not the same as seeing it in living color. Of course, there were summer reruns. But even that was not as thrilling as watching my favorite programs when they first aired.
Yes, my addiction was that bad.
When I entered my freshman year of college, I chose not to bring a TV into my dorm room. I lasted only two weeks without my precious Panasonic.
If you are in my Facebook community, you’ve seen how much I used to post about TV–from Ace of Cakes (feeding my food addiction as well) to Glee to The Big Bang Theory–and let’s not forget my #WeGotCows Facebook posts EVERY time the movie Twister was on AMC, TBS or CMT.
I convinced myself that I was missing something if I didn’t have the TV on. As it turns out, I was missing out on life because I had the blasted boob tube on all the time and I had to do something about it.
So in May of 2017, when I temporarily moved into The Cave, I decided to give up my satellite TV box to see if I could curb my habit.
In the interest of full disclosure, I still had my laptop, meaning I could access the websites of the TV stations of my favorite shows whenever I wanted. But since I use my computer on a daily basis for work, it turned out that I did not want to be on it as much after business hours. Because of that fact, I also started to get more selective about what I do watch. I realized how much I was numbing my brain having the TV on almost all the time, i.e. not just for my favorite shows.
Yes, I still watch Big Bang (mourning the recent breaking news that the upcoming season will be its last) and I will pop in a movie when I am making my handcrafts in the evenings and on weekends, but not all the time. If I am not enjoying a conversation or the silence, I will choose to listen to some fantastic podcasts or radio shows that have expanded my horizons. (If you are looking for something new to listen to, click that link in the previous sentence.)
In addition to making better viewing and listening choices, here are other benefits that have resulted from curbing my TV viewing habits:
- I work smarter and more efficiently because I am not constantly numbing my brain
- I feel more creative, especially when writing this blog
- I am more engaged in life and making plans for the future now that my wound is almost healed
Will I kick more of this habit? Well, to find out the answer to that burning question, and to read about a myriad of inspirational topics, tune in each Wednesday for a new episode of InspiraBlog! Oh, and you can subscribe to the blog on the right sidebar of this page or any page on this website.
Until next week,
P.S. Fun Fact: Even though I am a recovering TV addict and I really like the image I chose for this post, I have never watched a complete episode of The Simpsons.