Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Snapping Out of the Trance

Most of my childhood, we didn't have cable in our house. Not because my parents were trying to shelter us from the horrors of cable television, but more because my father got angry one day when the cable company decided they were going to raise the rates and cancelled it.

My parents' house was cable-less until 2005 when the Red Sox games stopped being broadcast on the basic channels and were only on NESN, a cable channel dedicated to New England sports. My mother is a huge fan of the Red Sox, so no cable was no longer an option.

For the past couple of weeks, LoLo and I have been thinking about getting rid of cable. At first, I was nervous. How would I watch the Kardashians? Or Empire Girls (my new obsession)? Friends suggested the Hulu and Netflix combo. But what about when I want to watch the Red Sox?

Anyone who knows me knows I'm a reality tv junkie. But last night it hit me. I've hit a new bottom. I was watching this:

While I was brainlessly watching this show, I had an epiphany: getting rid of cable will force me to be more deliberate about what I spend my time watching.

There are so many aspects of my life that I feel like I sleepwalk through and this is one of them. Instead of just watching shows because they're on, maybe it's time to turn off the tv and take Bronx for a walk or work on projects I've wanted to try.

My hope is that by getting rid of cable, I will only choose to watch tv when there is something I truly enjoy watching rather than something mildly entertaining that happens to be on. And if I want to watch the Red Sox, I can go to a bar with LoLo and have a date and sneakily try to watch or go to my parents' house to watch with them.

It's time to snap out of the trance that cable television has put me in. Time to be more deliberate and make the decision to live my life instead of watching someone else live theirs. 

What aspects of your life do you just sleepwalk through? What little changes could you make to wake yourself up?


TheTinyHeart said...

Wow, I admire your decision! I watch SO much tv though that I don't think I could ever get rid of my cable haha.

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Sandra said...

I'm a reality TV junkie too. It really is useless watching those shows. I know they are funny and entertaining but they don't teach anything. Well actually they do teach things if you are easily influenced. But I do love National Geographic, and Discovery Channel and all those cooking channels.

P-Dids said...

You're not coming to my house.

Empirically Erin said...

My lovely father, everyone!!!

Jen said...

We got rid of cable in a fit of rage at the cable company (much like P-Dids, I suspect) and I may or may not have had a panic attack at the thought. But for the most part it has been OK! I mostly miss it during college football season, believe it or not. :)

Also... didn't I hear a rumor about your dad maybe starting a blog? Come on, I'm running way short on in-your-face advice! :)

Becca said...

I love this idea and these comments that I've just discovered on your blog! We've never had cable--not growing up and not in my married life either. I don't regret it AT ALL and I don't think I ever want to have cable. It does free up so much more time in life. Currently my goal this year is to read a book a week and I'm goin' strong... especially with no TV to distract me!

Becca said...

P.S. Loved the thought, "Time to be more deliberate and make the decision to live my life instead of watching someone else live theirs." And to me that didn't sound like reality TV... that sounded like reading blogs. How much time do I spend reading blogs and watching other people live their life instead of focusing on living mine?! There's some food for a blogger's thought...

Katie Price said...

I'm a month late on this comment :/


I hope you are enjoying your choice! We made the decision to not get cable TV back in the states, and haven't looked back. We did buy a ROKU for $50 which lets us watch netflix & hulu. It's been great to purposefully choose what I want to watch... no mindless TV hours like you said.

hope you are doing well Erin!!