So, about two weeks ago our TV died. Well actually, I killed it. To be more precise, I snapped the aerial connection cable, so no channel reception. Anyway, you get the idea…. TV doesn’t work.
Now this was not a big deal in my books, but the kids flipped out. Actually, that was the reason I broke the cable. My 2 year old has worked out how to turn TV on from the wall and so in my frustration and anger at this TV tug-o-war, I pulled the plug.
My husband and I have always tried, like all parents, to ration the TV in an effort to produce more ‘free-range’ outdoor lovin kids, but even with a balanced diet of TV time, they revere this black box like it was a God, kneel before it, eyes glazed, happy to succumb to its mindless pleasures.
So, yes….I was secretly glad that I broke it for these reasons alone. But, incidentally I’ve found a whole extra hour or two in my evening, which previously that temptress the TV claimed.
I’m also rather enjoying the blissful ignorance that not watching the news, now provides. Ignorance is bliss, I’m happy to admit.
It’s not like there is a lot that is good on Tele these days anyway. We weren’t big commercial station viewers’ pre-TV fallout, but sometimes I was guilty of watching TV (after the kids went to bed) just for the sake of it, simply to avoid ‘doing stuff’.
But that’s just it, now I get that stuff done and more. In an already time-poor society, I’m finding this whole ‘no-TV’ thing rather exciting.
I’m baking, reading, talking to my family more and going to bed at a reasonable hour. I’m not rushing to do things by a scheduled time, in order to watch something.
(Just to be clear, we still watch ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Hundred’. I’m not about to cut off all life sustaining, viewing pleasures).
So, on that thought I’m attempting to take the next step…. to unplug a little more in an effort to claim back some valuable time, to do things that really matter or just to make my life a little easier.
Yes, I’m talking all forms of social media. (I’m not even sure I can legally name them, but let’s refer to them as ‘The Big Boys’, to avoid any backlash here).
You may be laughing right about now. That’s ok, I’m yet to do it admittedly.
But, I do know that currently this is these ‘Big Boys’ are the next leech sucking up my valuable time. It’s easy to whittle away an hour or two on social media. And that’s totally ok, if you’re using it to communicate with others, see how they’re doing, catch up and all that.
But I wasn’t. I was just scrolling, more trolling, through people’s amazing lives (far more exciting than my own), watching some link to some site with cats doing crazy stuff.
Suddenly that book on my bedside table I claim I never have time to read, is looking a whole lot more exciting and worthwhile, again.
I’ve discovered it’s so easy to get distracted by those sneaky suckers. I feel like TIME is such a precious commodity lately and this new approach could just buy me back more of my life, not spend it on someone else’s.
So, unplugged it is, for the next few weeks at least (figure I’ll be realistic and reassess where I’m at come June). I’m not going to start or end my day with a ‘quick’ view at a feed on social media and the TV cable in NOT getting fixed.
Instead, I figure I’ll use the substitution method and feed myself a healthy dose of reading, baking (yum) chatter and sleep.
Let’s see where it takes me. Watch this space!