“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 have no way to prove this, but I’m sure it’s true: nobody on their deathbed ever wished they’d spent more time watching TV. That’s mainly why we no longer own a television. Life is short, and there are far 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 over the last few years, I’ve come to see it as something that’s 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. When evening rolled around, I’d park 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 and me still feeling tired.
When you do the math, it’s rather shocking. Six hours per day adds up to 2190 hours over the course of a year. 91 days. Three months – 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.
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