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Indicator- Get More Out of Life

My wife grew up on the coast of Florida and led an active outdoor life. For some reason she bypassed the lure and seduction of 70’s television and to this day she would rather change the oil in the car than watch television.

I, on the other hand, love television. I have a particular disorder called television-itis. If there’s a television on any where within view I MUST watch it. In fact, my brain turns to mush and I can’t even hold a conversation I get so distracted by the moving pictures. I know, it’s a problem.

In general, we don’t watch television. We don’t actually own a television. The motorhome didn’t have a television when we bought it and we didn’t see any reason to install a television. The only time we really get a chance to watch any television is at Grandpa’s house in Tucson. The longer we stay the more I find myself slipping into a sitcom, evening coma.

Traveling we rent movies from Red Box (love that) but in general we real A LOT. As we travel we hit laundromats and thrift stores for new books to restock. We give away to other vendors and friends the good ones we’ve read to make room for more new books along the way.

I’ve noticed the more television I watch, the less I read (there’s only so much time in the day). The more television I watch the less I think. The less I think, the less I create. The less I create, the more tedious the days become. Until, one day, all there is to look forward is the nightly lineup on NBC.

OK, that may be an exaggeration and one might suggest I could do a little less crazy brainstorming. But it’s sad when the imaginary lives of fictional characters are far more interesting than your own life.

Anyways, one indication that you can probably get a little more out of life is by how many hours of television you watch. No surprise there. But amazingly, turn off the television and listen as hopes, dreams, and aspirations that have been dormant for years may soon reappear.

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2 comments to Indicator- Get More Out of Life

  • I hear you JC. It’s amazing how much time you can waste sitting in front of a TV getting caught up in the make believe lives of those on the screen. Every once in a while it’s fun to do, but when you are trying to accomplish something it can get in the way if you let it.

    You will have some days where all you can do is to veg out and watch a marathon of ‘Lost’ or something, the trick is to make those days only happen once in a while.

  • Sue

    When I married Don, he was a commercial fisherman in Alaska. He lived aboard his boat. I met him on the ferry when I was traveling by myself to Alaska, and he was returning from a long vacation. He had discontinued cable for his vacation.

    He didn’t reconnect it, because he was too busy writing to me, in Minnesota, until I moved to Alaska, where we got married.

    That was 1985, and we never did have TV until we broke down and got cable last fall.

    We fished, oyster farmed, moved about 15 times, lived on boats and on land, and we never missed TV. In fact, we talk about getting rid of cable, because we don’t watch it.

    Oh, wait.. we are moving back aboard in a couple months, so we can get rid of cable for another 25 years or so, I guess.

    Life is too short to waste it cuddled up to an inanimate object.