Well, today marks my return to television viewing. One month ago, today, I wrote about turning off my TV for one month. You can catch up HERE if you missed it. The funny thing is… I haven’t turned it back on yet.
There were some interesting discoveries during this little experiment. There were a couple of nights in the beginning where I went to reach for the remote out of habit before I remembered. Honestly, though, I didn’t miss it at all. The whole point was to get myself out of the habit of just automatically turning it on, and I didn’t realize how simple that would be to stop. So, how did I fill my extra time? Well…
I’d like to say that I wrote 2 screenplays and painted a masterpiece, but not quite. I was much more productive, though. It actually forced me to consider all of my wasted time, and I cut back on a lot of unproductive activities like aimlessly “surfing the web” (when was the last time I heard THAT phrase). Still, though, I found ways to relax. I actually watched more movies than I had before, though that’s also just as likely associated with the movies that came into work and the point of life I’m at right now. So, what WAS different? I did spend more time working on things, yet I can’t really say what I worked on exactly. I know that I did write a little more, but it was also odd to adjust to the extended amount of freetime. I did fill part of the gap, for a week or so near the end, with video games. I got on a nostalgic kick (more on this in an upcoming blog series), and I pulled out my old Sega Genesis. It was amazing 🙂 I also played through God of War again on my PS2. It was also amazing 🙂
Really, though, I found my break from cable entertainment very nice – so nice that I still haven’t turned it on all day, and I really don’t plan on it. There are quite a few things in my life that I have cut out for a period of time, and now no longer intend on returning to. One of the first was ketchup. When we found out I was allergic to tomatoes, I stopped having ketchup. I loved it when I was young, but after the long break away from it – I didn’t like it anymore and still don’t. The same goes for my physical intolerance for dairy products. I could never tell how much was too much, so I cut out just about everything altogether. Now, while the smell of pizza or chocolate is still wonderful, I don’t have much desire to return to eating it – even if I knew I could. Television won’t be out of my life COMPLETELY, I’m sure, but I’m not very eager to jump back into it.
Besides, I have other things to do 🙂