I love wonderful entertainment. I love amazing movies. I also have two television shows that I enjoy watching and TiVo; Project Runway, yes a reality show for the innovative designs created, and Undercover, because my friend is on the show. In general, I find that watching television takes up too much of my time.
In the past, I have found myself coming home from a long day, making dinner, then turning on the television. I had no idea what was on, and I thought it would be a great way to wind down. Instead I found myself flipping through channels, watching maybe a few minutes of each, or finding a show that caught my eye but really wasn’t that good anyway. The truth is that time was perfect for catching up on some reading, pulling out my yoga mat while waiting for dinner to finish, or just spending time with my husband.
Before my husband and I moved in together, I lived a perfectly cable-less life with a mini TV with bunny ears. I was never bored, seemed to get a lot of reading done, listened to more music, or just enjoyed the silence. I hardly ever watched TV at all. I couldn’t get that many channels anyways. Now that I have access to tons of channels, On Demand, and TiVo, I’m back to where I started with how I feel about television. It seems to micromanage my time in the most unproductive way. It’s not that I need to be doing something productively every second of the day, yet I don’t feel relaxed when I’m supposed to be relaxed watching television. Usually I am even more tired when I’m through.
Most extreme minimalists are television-less. I don’t think that will happen any time soon for me as I don’t live alone. I’m sure though that I’d be perfectly fine without any television at all. When you don’t have something, you instead find new ways to use your time and energy. There are so many wonderful things to experience in life without wasting even an hour in front of the tube. I believe a minimalist lifestyle includes simplifying how you spend your time, and using your time in ways that will truly bring you the most joy. Lastly once you minimized your tube watching to little or none, let’s not to replace it with the internet.
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