So tonight I was asked if there was any particular reason for not watching tv. I don’t watch it. I’ll download a decent show here or there if someone tells me about it and it sounds interesting. But I never really understood wasting so much time zoned out in front of those boxes.
I remember as a child – my dad watching re-runs… Star Wars, Mash… etc. Over and over – same stuff…. Gah.
Then I got married, and he did the same thing! WHAT is with THAT? What pleasure is there in watching re-runs? lol True, I’ll watch a movie twice, if it’s super good…but come now. Every night? lol
When my kids were small I got rid of the tv. They had books, and lego and bikes. They learned to be creative and to think for themselves. They are both incredibly smart, and literate. Their creativity is boundless! My son plays electric guitar and he’s learning to speak German, attends university. My daughter plays baseball for two leagues and paints, uses clay, you name it. Their sense of humor is brilliant! You have no idea how many times I was called into their schools or sent home papers because teachers didn’t appreciate that my kids stood up for themselves and spoke up. I was always so proud of them, for not being sheep. For being independent and strong. For speaking their minds. I think it made the world of difference.
I believe that all this tv and computers, cell phones, texting – makes for an obese and lazy society… get outside! Live life..get involved. Laugh, bike, swim, play sports, rally, march, protest, read a book, see friends, learn something new, take photos, paint, write, create, learn an instrument…for pity’s sakes, there’s a whole world out there. Not just that.. .it tends to bring people closer. You spend time together doing things rather than vegging in front of a box, coexisting. Not knowing each other.
It’s kind of like my theory on reading the paper every morning. I know it’s out there. I know there are shootings and killings and abuse and all sorts of horrible things going on. Why would I start out each day with so much negative input? If there is truly something important going on (not that the above mentioned are not), everyone is talking about it…then I go and research it. But that’s another blog. lol
Sitting in front of a tv with your mouth hanging open, watching re-runs, is NOT living!!! It’s passing time you’ll never get back.