“Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
— Mary Oliver —
I can’t prove this, but I’m sure it’s true: nobody on their deathbed ever wished they’d spent more time watching television. Life is short, and there are too many activities that are more important and fulfilling than sitting in front of a television for hours on end. That’s not to suggest you should eliminate television from your life completely. But I’ve come to see it as something best placed at the edge of life, rather than the center.
I didn’t always feel that way. In fact, there was a period of my life when I wasted nearly six hours of my day watching television. As evening rolled around, I’d plant myself on the couch, turn on the television and vegetate till I fell asleep near midnight. Eight hours later, I’d wake up with the TV still on, feeling no more rested than when I went to sleep.
When you do the math, it’s rather shocking. Six hours per day adds up to 2190 hours over the course of a year, which equates to about 91 days. THREE MONTHS! per year. Sitting in front of a television. Hypnotized. Tuned in, but zoned out. Living in a make-believe world while the real world passed me by.