Hello everyone, it's me Bretony! Obviously. This past week I tried to do something completely out of my norm. I love doing things out of my norm, but this one was particularly difficult to begin. I decided not to watch tv for the entire week (after the 2nd part of the Love and Hip Hop reunion of course... yes, I watch that show, it's a guilty pleasure ok)! By tv, I really mean tv shows online, mainly Netflix/ Hulu/ and HBOGo, otherwise known as the Holy Trinity. Normally, I spend a lot of my time mindlessly binge-watching multiple series at a time. I was curious to see how different life could be if I didn't watch anything. The results? Well, let's just take a look shall we?
So I've actually been trying to not watch tv for awhile now. Just never got around to it frankly! Fine, I just didn't want to! Not sure why, but I actually went through with it this time around. I had to slowly ween myself off with "The Office" (the best show of all time), until finally on Wednesday, I wasn't watching anything. I must admit, I got a bit restless, as well as semi-bored. Most of the week, I found that being out of the house really helped. However, there was a slight discrepancy Wednesday night when I went out for a drink and realized I was watching a tv of a basketball game at the bar. I immediately turned away once I realized, so I figure that didn't really count. I don't watch basketball anyway (another reason it doesn't count). Besides going out almost every day, when I was in fact home during the night (my prime Netflix hours), I decided to just gain as much knowledge from the internet as possible.
Amidst a (very hilarious) April Fools Day joke I actually learned a LOT about North Korea that I had never known. What a fascinating little country! I spent a lot of my time taking this quiz about the countries of the world. I actually now can name all 196 sovereign nations! I highly recommend this quiz for all the nerds and self-proclaimed geniuses out there (seriously, I wanna know other people's scores). When I first took the quiz, I could barely name 100! Shameful! I went to a book reading at Barnes and Noble for an author I had never heard of before. His name was Augusten Burroughs. I wish I had known about him before. I would've probably wanted to talk to him afterward. He was on a book tour for his new book Lust and Wonder. I found out that he was a New York Times best-selling author for another book Running with Scissors, which was turned into a movie (maybe I'll add that book to the Bretony Book Club).
This guy is basically every goal I'm trying to reach! One thing he said during his talk stuck with me. Someone asked him a question, I'm not quite exactly sure how it was worded, but it had to do with how often he writes. He said he wrote EVERY SINGLE DAY. He said that even if it was one line or a thousand lines, he made it a point to write at least something. It reminded me a bit of a point in my mom's life when she wrote a poem every single day for 4 years straight. There's really no reason why I can't write a LITTLE bit every day. So I have been!
By taking something away from your life that seems quite consuming, you begin to realize how much there is to gain. I still love tv, but perhaps I can cut down on the hours from time to time, or even set certain days as no tv days. When we are kids, we associate something being taken away with a sense of loss. "No TV" back then meant the end of the world basically. But just think if we did watch tv as much as we wanted back then, would we ever learn anything new? Would we have expanded our creative mind? Would we have explored with our friends outside? Would we even have any friends? Another thing it got me thinking, was how not watching tv for a week wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. As adults, we use the words "can't", "have to", and "need" way more often than we should. We don't HAVE to watch tv. It's not that we CAN'T stop smoking. We don't even NEED alcohol to have fun. Getting rid of some of the things we feel we CAN'T live without can prove to be a very enlightening experience. I started with TV, but who knows, maybe I might step out of my comfort zone even further and be (dare I even say it) vegan for a week! Ahhhhhh!
Life is all about trying new things for sure. However, life can also be about NOT doing things you've grown so accustomed to doing...that could possibly be stifling you! I know that sometimes these blogs go on a million different tangents, but I really do believe that everything connects to everything. This topic especially could relate to multiple aspects of anyone's life. The point of my writing is to give an array of examples pertaining to MY life, and hopefully, someone else may have an equally as epiphanic moment. Maybe tonight I will allow myself to watch tv again. I will appreciate it much more now (maybe)! Whatever the case may be, it was a very eye-opening week into what life is like without it.
p.s. I think it did help that I don't have an actual tv. I did, however, allow myself to watch an occasional youtube music video!
p.p.s. A couple of years ago, I also tried a no drinking thing. For a whole month! Now THAT was some difficult stuff. But that too is totally doable people.
p.p.p.s. Self-discipline is probably the hardest thing known to man. I've come to realize that much more working for myself. Deciding to stick to something on your own recognizance takes a lot of practice. Perhaps by next year, I will have learned how to have total disciplinary skills. Tailored of course to the wayward hippie child lifestyle...